Practicing

PRACTICE CARDS

Practice at home is vital to reinforce the skills that students are learning during class.  Students who practice regularly learn faster, contribute more to the group, and have more fun in band.  Students will keep a weekly log of what is being worked on in class, and what practicing they have done at home.  

Students at Housel are asked to practice 120 minutes per week (about 20 min/day) and submit their signed weekly log each Tuesday.  Please do not sign a blank practice card--ask your student to fill it out before signing it.  

Students will only receive points for practice records that are completely filled out (not just time, but what the student was working on).  

The Housel band room will be open most days before school for practicing for students who struggle to find practice time at home.  Students who practice while I am there may ask me to initial their time on that day, but I will still ask that the parents sign the card.  

It is far better to practice a little bit each day than to try to do two hours all in one day.  Students who think they already "know" the music usually have other areas to work on (tone, range, musical expression) at home.  You will hear long tones, scale patterns, speed drills, as well as songs.  Practicing is not just playing through each song once, but working on short passages multiple times to improve them.  Even practicing note name flash cards could count as practice time.

Weekly

Class

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________

Individual

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________


What you Practiced:

Time:

Mon



Tues



Wed



Thurs



Fri



Sat



Sun




Total Time Practiced:



Parent Signature: Student Signature  


Name: Inst: Week: Period:  

Weekly

Class

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________

Individual

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________


What you Practiced:

Time:

Mon



Tues



Wed



Thurs



Fri



Sat



Sun




Total Time Practiced:



Parent Signature: Student Signature  


Name: Inst: Week: Period:  

Weekly

Class

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________

Individual

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________


What you Practiced:

Time:

Mon



Tues



Wed



Thurs



Fri



Sat



Sun




Total Time Practiced:



Parent Signature: Student Signature  


Name: Inst: Week: Period:  

Weekly

Class

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________

Individual

Goals

1.________________________________________________________________________

2.________________________________________________________________________

3.________________________________________________________________________


What you Practiced:

Time:

Mon



Tues



Wed



Thurs



Fri



Sat



Sun




Total Time Practiced:



Parent Signature: Student Signature