Each year students and parents are faced with a decision. Should our child stay in band? Enrollment may not of started yet for your school, but it will soon. Now is a great time to think about the opportunities band offers your child.
Practicing can be a lot of fun, but sometimes it is just work. Most band students go through spurts of practicing a lot and then spurts of practicing a little. This is normal for any musician.
Learning to play a musical instrument takes time, patience, and dedication. Experienced musicians know how important it is to practice consistently to achieve results. Parents may wonder, “How do you practice for band?” or “How much should my child practice their instrument?” There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer, but there are important tips to help you and your child make a plan to succeed. Here are three tips for parents to help their child get started practicing.
Scientists know that different activities engage specific areas of the brain. Music, however, engages the brain in multiple areas at the same time. This TED-Ed video is awesome at explaining how performing music benefits your brain. Take a look!
Being a band parent isn’t always easy…especially if you have never been in band and want to help your child. From a parents perspective, you may feel a little lost for how you can help when you don’t know anything about music. As a band director, I can tell you (with confidence) that parents play a huge role determining if their child succeeds in band…whether or not the parent is musical! I have listed several ways you can help your child become an excellent musician