Practice (aka Band Homework)
Practice SMART! Practice what you do not know, practice slowly, break down hard passages, and look for connections. Even dynamics, phrasing, articulations should be practiced.
Intermediate and Advanced students should have begun their practicing routines. Advanced students should practice a minimum of 100 minutes a week!
Beginning students should start practicing 15 minutes 4 times a week (60 minutes) and gradually increase the practice time.
Ode to the Forgotten Instruments
The band room was bustling
while the students were hustling
back home from the first week of school
The joy was astounding
while the trumpets were sounding
a melody... oh so cool
One by one the instruments left
leaving those bereft.
Alone they will stay, hidden away
nobody to hold them until Monday.
Let this be your warning,
Your first and your last
There's a playing test Wednesday,
Do you think you will pass?