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PRACTICE RECORDS - Band Parents/Students PLEASE READ!

As you've noticed by now, practice records are a HUGE part of your grade, students. Parents, PLEASE make sure you are seeing this assignment every week of the month and help your student get it in ON TIME!! I give them three (3) days to turn it in before it no longer counts for their grade. I know students are practicing, but they still need to get their homework in on time. This is an important skill that we work very hard on learning in middle school. My policy is non-negotiable unless the student is ill or not present on the due date.

Here are a couple FAQs that hopefully will help you out with any ambiguity:

  1. What is required in a practice record?
    1. Students are required to practice a certain number of minutes (different between beginning band & SB/WE) five (5) times a week. It doesn't matter to me which days of the week these are. I completely understand how busy lives can be. Please be assured that as long as the minutes are getting done during the week, that's great by me.
    2. The number of minutes required per week needs to be fulfilled during that one week time period. There are no "rollover" minutes from week to week. Just like you would never want to cram for a big final test or a playoff game, the same works for music. We need to be constantly and consistently practicing a building the right muscles as we go.
  2. My student has told me in the past that "mental practicing" is allowed. What is this?
    1. "Mental practicing" is what the students can count for practice minutes when they're not using their horn. This method of practice is what they are to use when they are sick, travelling, forget their horn at school, or, for those of you with star athletes, what they can do in the car in between practices. Mental practicing entails spending time in the book working on the brain parts of music learning. Saying the note names and doing the fingerings of the notes, clapping and counting the rhythms, and any combination or versions of the sort. They should be doing this form of practicing anyway as the beginning steps of learning new music before they try to play it. The combination of both the mental and physical work ensures a much higher retention rate as well as faster learning overall.
      1. You said when they're sick...they have to practice then too??
        1. Obviously there is a line to student capability. If they are too sick to keep their eyes open, of course they don't have to practice. But if they are capable of doing make-up work for their other classes, I expect them to be doing the make-up work for mine as well. If the student can barely take a breath without coughing, for goodness sakes please don't play! This is the time for mental practicing! They lose far less time and have much less catch-up to do if their brains and fingers already know where to go in the new music. All the other muscles will catch up quickly when the student is healthy enough to play.
  3. When are practice records due?
    1. Practice records are ALWAYS due the first Monday of the month. The students have until the following Wednesday to turn them in for full credit. All practice records have the due date printed on the bottom as a reminder.
  4. What do I do if I've lost my practice record?
    1. I have extras made already in the classroom. Pick up one during class!
    2. OR, on the homepage of this site, I've attached the practice record document. All you need to do is download it and print out the appropriate record for your class.
    3. OR, make your own and have your parent sign it.
    4. OR, just bring in a signed note by parent/guardian saying you did indeed practice.
PLEASE DO NOT try to fool me by forging these signatures. I wasn't born yesterday, and you spending time in detention as well as getting a zero anyway isn't worth it.

Any other questions? Please call or email me BEFORE the assignment is late and I'll be happy to help!

This month's practice record is ORANGE. Keep an eye out!


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