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U-E uses a 6 day schedule all year. I am available at GFJ on the afternoons of Day 1, and all day on Days 3 and 6.

Week "Do": The schedule for lessons is a rotating pull-out schedule. I give the weeks funny names to help remember when lessons are. This is Week "Do". That will include Day 6, and then Day 3.

Day 6: 4/23/19: There will be a full band rehearsal at the end of the day. All students will need to bring their instruments, music, and pencil for lessons. The lessons will use the 'Do' section of the schedule. Woodwinds will have their 22nd lesson. Most should be ready to test for Green Belts. It is time to push ahead. This time of year is harder to motivate the little ones to practice, but it is vital to their overall education. Practicing their instrument builds their brains into learning machines. Maybe it is a good time to come up with incentives at home to convince them to practice......   

Day 3: 4/26/19: Brass and percussion lessons are this day, using the  'Do' section of the schedule. Many will be ready to start testing for their Green Belts. It is time to push ahead. This time of year is harder to motivate the  little ones to practice, but it is vital to their overall education.  Practicing their instrument builds their brains into learning machines.  Maybe it is a good time to come up with incentives at home to convince  them to practice.....      

Day 6: 5/1/19: There will be a full band rehearsal at the end of the day. All students will need to bring their instruments, music, and pencil for lessons. The lessons will use the 'Re' section of the schedule. Woodwinds will have their 23rd lesson. Most should be ready to test for Green Belts. It is time to push ahead. This time of year is harder to motivate the little ones to practice, but it is vital to their overall education. Practicing their instrument builds their brains into learning machines. Maybe it is a good time to come up with incentives at home to convince them to practice......    


Home Practice:

Students are expected to practice every day at home, for usually 30 minutes a day.

Getting students to practice at the start of the year is quite easy, as children are usually excited by the new instrument they have been provided. As the year goes by, it gets a little more challenging to keep children doing the work at home. You may need to make your student practice, as sometimes you may need to make them do their homework. In the end, they will be happier with their successes.

Obviously some exceptions are okay, but the truth of learning any physical skill is that it requires daily physical repetition to achieve any degree of success. If you cannot provide adequate practice time at home, then it is best not to start band in the first place.

Band instruments are also loud and expensive. If there are noise restrictions at home, or you feel you cannot provide the safe maintenance of the instrument, it would also be best not to start band. If a student does not practice, they will not succeed. If the instrument is damaged or lost, you may be asked to pay for the equipment.


The key to success in all things is PRACTICE, and with success comes Pride and Confidence.

Have you:

  • Practiced every day?
  • Come to your classes prepared?
  • Shown loyalty to the band?

Will you:

  • Use common sense?
  • Do for others what you wish done for you?
  • Always do your best?

Attention Band Parents!

If you have not been receiving email notifications of when your child will have a lesson or band rehearsal a day in advance, please email me to let me know, and I will put you on my email lists.

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