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Music Tips for Students

Practice Tips


  • 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.
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