2018-2019 Band Handbook
Success in Band
Helping a Student to Succeed in BandMany parents think that if they know little or nothing about music, they cannot help their child who is in band. Here are a few things you CAN do, even if your greatest talent is playing the radio.LISTEN:
This may not be easy. However, it is important that the student practices regularly to gain confidence and coordination. The recommended time is 15 minutes daily.WATCH:
Make sure your child is sitting with the correct posture and hand position. There are excellent pictures in your child’s method book.
A good word from you every now and then will go a long way. As your child improves you will hear it. Let them know you hear it.
CHANGE THE STATION:
Your child should be working on a variety of things from class. If you hear the same things over and over, ask him/her what he/she is working on… chances are he or she is playing only what sounds good, instead of working on things which need attention.
BRUSH OFF THE TARNISH:
After the students get over the newness of their instruments, it often takes a little motivation to keep at it. See your child through the hills, the valleys, and the dreaded plateaus, when they would rather clean their room than practice!. Let them clean the room… but also insist that they put in a few minutes on the instrument. They might not thank you later, but how many times have we thought, “I wish my parents had made me…”
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
When your child performs in a concert they are playing their very best for you. Please make every effort to attend.