Practice Reports

6th GRADE PRACTICE REPORTS
Practice reports will be graded each Tuesday for 6th grade students. No Practice reports will be accepted late. Please note: When your child has an illness or activity that prohibits them from practicing such as a trip/ vacation please write that down on your child's sheet and they will be excused from that day(s).  Students will be graded as follows:
150+ minutes a week = A
120+ minutes a week = B
90+ minutes a week = C
60+ minutes a week = D
30 + minutes a week = F
(no report turned in = 0)
 
 
7TH & 8TH GRADE PRACTICE REPORTS:
7th and 8th Grade students are to practice 120 minutes per week. Practice reports for 7th and 8th graders are only collected once the week before midterms and once the week before the end of the last day of the nine week grading period. Once 7th grade students reach the black belt level and once 8th grade students reach the black belt 7th degree level they will not have to turn in practice reports. 
 
120+ minutes a week = A
90+ minutes a week = B
60+ minutes a week = C
30+ minutes a week = D
30 -  minutes a week = F
(no report turned in = 0)
 
 *A portion of any practice time (not to exceed 1/2 of required time) may be used by the student for online training of music reading skills and aural skill (rhythm and melody training).  Parents must sign off indicating this is correct and true! It is always better to practice in many short segments than a couple of long cram sessions. The time period graded each week is from Monday to Sunday and will be recorded on Tuesdays or at my earliest convenience.



6th grade Practice Report:
6th grade practice report.pdf

7th&8th grade Practice Reports
7th and 8th grade practice reports.pdf

Checklist for Practicing:
checklist for the back of practice reports.pdf

Please make time in your child's life where they can nurture their musical progress.  There is nothing better than hearing your child practice and knowing they are getting better each day. It's like homework you can actually hear progress on! Here are some tips to make it fun for the kids: 
1. Get into a routine! Kids feel better about their life in general when they have a good daily routine. Be sure musical practice is a part of it. 
2. Be positive! - a little encouragement goes a long way. (never use practice time as discipline) 
3. Have a dedicated spot where they can practice without annoying others in the house. -- But don't banish them to the outer edges of the yard or some dark corner of the basement where they won't want to be anyway. 
4. Have them play for you! Ask your child to play songs for the family and guests from time to time. 
5. If your child falls behind on practice each day - have them make it up a bit on the weekend. If they don't practice it will produce anxiety because they are behind or feel like they can't keep up with the class (especially with 7th and 8th grade passoffs!)
6. Make it fun! If your kids hate practicing they are doing it wrong. There are so many resources for kids on you tube, the internet etc....so many ways to have a good time. 
7. Good routines for 30 minute practice time: 
Brass players: 
  • 2 minutes  mouthpiece only  - low/high buzz, sirens, Song of the day
  • 2 minutes scale review- scales / notes you already know- lip slurs
  • 4 minutes scale practice- whatever we are working on in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book review- play the songs we played in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book look ahead - [pick a new song or 2 ahead of where the class is. 
  • 7 minutes Sheet music- Practice your part for the concert
  • 5 minutes learn a new song from you tube or go on https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note
Woodwind players: 
  • 2 minutes Long tones in different registers- see how long you can hold the note...
  • 2 minutes scale review- scales / notes you already know
  • 4 minutes scale practice- whatever we are working on in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book review- play the songs we played in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book look ahead - [pick a new song or 2 ahead of where the class is. 
  • 7 minutes Sheet music- Practice your part for the concert
  • 5 minutes learn a new song from you tube or go on https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note
Percussion players: 
  • 2 minutes  stretch/ warm up
  • 5 minutes rudiments on drum
  • 2 minutes scale practice- whatever we are working on in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book review- play the songs we played in class
  • 5 minutes Essential Elements Book look ahead - [pick a new song or 2 ahead of where the class is. 
  • 7 minutes Sheet music- Practice your part for the concert
  • 4 minutes learn a new song from you tube or go on https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/note