Ok MS Band DIrectors. Here's where I need all the best information andadvice I can get. I have a small band program of about 35 beginners andabout 40 concert band (7th/8th). I'm trying to convince my kids thatwith proper practice, they get better, and as they get better, it's morefun to play. They dont seem to buy it. I cant seem to get them to makepractice a priority. What are some of your best practices forgetting kids to WANT to practice their instruments/music?JoshuaUhrichDayton, OHSee More
"I use the Band Olympic Program and so they are tested every week. There are always a few students in each class though who don't keep up with the tests but usually do enough to earn at least one of the three certificates for the…"
"I handed out Don't Stop Believin' nice sounding arr. but it completely inspired my whole clarinet section to work on high register notes, because it's the melody and great intro. to 16th notes. They knew the only way to enjoy the…"
"New Update: This year I decided to go the extra mile with my plan. I still use what I have already posted, but now the students earn 30 points a week for practicing outside of class. I have arranged it so that it does not "hurt" the…"
"Finding a balance between 20% pop music and 80% concert band literature is a good start. Most middle school students don't care about tone and technique but it will develop with time without them knowing it.
I had a hard time getting them to…"
"Building a culture where kids enjoy practice and making music together is essential. This group will infect the other kids (in a positive way) and also those other kids in the community that will be coming up into your program. Kids love…"
"I really appreciate the responses that others have left on this discussion! Here is a question for others who visit this discussion: Do you think that it would be reasonable for students to receive a "get out of a quiz free"…"
"Karen: We think alike. I also use this approach, along with labeling the octaves.
Something else: In trying to find a way to help those who cannot seem to learn note names, I discovered GBDFACE is a repeated series within the grand staff. It is…"
"That's great Pamela! You sound like you enjoy what you do. I, too open my doors for them to come and practice at lunch recess, (I teach beginning band & general music at an elementary) in the wet northwest they enjoy the relief from going…"
"Joshua (and others,)
This has been a magical year for getting students to practice at Roberts Middle School. I accidentally "found" the magic. I cannot remember the reason that it started, but one day I had a group of students (about 25)…"
"One idea I used this year, in January I had my beginning year band fill out a self assessment and one question I included encouraged a self reflective response, "How can practicing at home support my ability to play in band and therefore have…"
How much are you asking them to practice? I ask my beginners for 90minutes a week, spread over a minimum of 4 days. This means that a child can do 15 minutes a day and have completed all their practicing.
I also encourage the very very…"
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