How Can I Help My Student Succeed?
Just by making it to this page, you've demonstrated your commitment to helping your student be the best musician they can be. The following are suggestions and resources to help you help them in the most effective way possible!
- Create a home practice space that is free of distractions. All you need is a stand, a chair, and an out-of-the-way corner!
- Schedule a consistent practice time. This could be 15 minutes before dinner, or half an hour before the TV is turned on.
- Let your student know that you can hear them when they practice. A little accountability never hurt a musician!
- Tell your student that you like what you hear! Praise and encouragement go a long way when a student is learning anything new.
- Give your student the opportunity to perform for you and your family. Playing No. 48 in the method book for Grandma counts!
- Take your student to concerts and other musical events. Local high school and community band concerts are often free!
- Encourage your student to listen to all kinds of music, or better yet, listen with them!
- Show your support by attending concerts, recitals, and other band functions. Nothing can replace a parent/guardian/interest adult’s attendance.
- Help your student stay on top of important dates and deadlines by reading through the band handbook (if provided) or calendar with them.
- If your student’s instrument seems broken, please take it to a band director or local instrument repair center rather than trying to fix it in the garage. Musical instruments (especially woodwinds) are deceivingly delicate, and it's easy for a non-professional to make what would have been a simple repair a major problem.
- If possible, arrange private lessons for your student. This is the most beneficial thing a parent/guardian/adult can do for a budding musician. If you're not sure where to look for lesson teachers, contact a local band director. They'll be thrilled to point you in the right direction.