- Have a set of goals for each practice session.
- Analyze carefully each passage you are practicing before you play.
- Practice the parts you can't play first, then other passages.
- Play slowly before you practice up to tempo.
- Break up homework with practicing to break the monotony and get both things done.
- Questions about practice records or progress - please contact a music teacher - we want to help!
Tips for Playing With Braces
- When playing the flute, use a smaller embouchure and be aware it will be harder to play higher notes.
- When playing the clarinet or saxophone, don't bite too hard just after your braces have been tightened.
- When playing brass instruments, consider using wax and set your embouchure carefully.
- Make sure to brush your teeth each time before you play and never eat prior to playing or practicing.
- Remember that even though it hurts, it will get better, so hang in there!
- Special thanks to Sarah and David for contributing their ideas here!
Music & Academics
- Studying music can help in other academic areas, such as mathematics, reading and writing.
- Please practice and remember that music improves your academic success.
- Consider that practicing is like homework - if you don't practice you won't improve. Stick with it!
- Students of music traditionally score higher on academic achievement tests.
- Learning to work as a team member will be beneficial to being a better worker as an adult.
- Music supports your academic subjects, so you aren't wasting time when you practice!
- Music is a learning discipline that can apply toward good study habits.
- Methods you use to learn a new piece of music can help in learning other academic subjects.