Practice Does Not Make Perfect-Only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

                           Mediocre Practice Makes Mediocrity

                                   No Practice Makes Nothing

Students will be given class time to practice on their individual parts however here are some guidelines for those students that have the ability to practice at home as well.  All students should devote approximately 30 minutes five days a week for success on their instrument and for successful note reading.

Here are some additional suggestions for achieving this:

1.    Assist your young musician with practice by helping them to establish and maintain a weekly routine.

2.    Be generous with your interest and praise.  If it sounds good, let them know, if it doesn't, be patient and supportive.          

       Remember, it is a "work in progress".

3.    Credit each achievement with some form of recognition.

4.    Encourage music reading rather than imitation or "playing by ear".

5.     Encourage the student to practice all of the music, not just the parts that are easiest or those which are most recognizable.

6.     Avoid negative criticism.  No one ever starts with a "professional sound".

7.     Keep fingernails short on the left hand (string students) to avoid breaking or the wearing out of the strings.  This will also assist in better left hand posture.

8.     Be sure to keep the instrument in working order. Bows generally need to be rehaired once a year and strings replaced once a year.  Clean the wood of the instrument with a lemon oil (please no paste wax or spray). The fingerboard should be wiped daily with a soft cloth to remove the rosin buildup that will otherwise eventually create a scratchy sound.  Students should only use instrument cleaning products with parental supervision.

                      If you practice, you get better

                      If you get better, you play with better players.

                      If you play with better players, you play better music.

                      If you play better music, you have more fun.

                      If you have more fun, you want to practice more.

                      If you practice more, you get better........


                      Douglas Yeo,  Parenting Musical Children


10 Points to Sight Reading:

1.   title

2.   composer

3.   tempo

4.   key signature

5.   time signature

6.   clef

7.   period of music history (style of piece)

8.   articulations

9.   dynamics

10.  MGPS or road map