I would love to be able to follow all my students home and help them as they practice after school and in the evenings. Alas, there is only one of me, and I don't think that would work. Picture_1.png Here are some things you can do as a parent/guardian to help facilitate productive practicing. As studies have shown:

PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT!!

It is therefore imperative for your child to practice correctly, to ensure that he/she does not learn bad habits. Here are some things you can do to help:

Wind players (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, euphonium)
  • make sure there is a quiet space for practicing, with a music stand
  • watch for good posture and hand position (sitting up straight, relaxed hands/fingers)
  • make certain they are not breathing after every single note (ha -ha-ha, versus ta-ta-ta)
  • NO PUFFY CHEEKS!!

Percussion players
  • make sure there is a quiet space for practicing, with a music stand
  • watch for good posture and hand position (standing up straight, relaxed hands, palms to the ground)
  • listen to determine if they are clapping and counting rhythms