U-E uses a 6 day schedule all year. I am available at AGM on Days 2 and 4.
Week Hobbit: The schedule for lessons is a rotating pull-out schedule. I give the weeks funny names to help remember when lessons are. This week is Week 'Hobbit' for Day 4 and then Day 2.
Day 2: 4/25/19: Band rehearsal will be during recess this day. All lessons will occur as scheduled for the 'Wizard' column on the schedule. They should have been working on buzzing their mouthpieces every chance they had. All students should now be trying to advance as far as possible at their own pace in the blue flip book.
Day 4: 4/29/19: Band rehearsal will be at the end of the day as usual. MOST lessons will occur as scheduled for the 'Hobbit' column on the schedule. Some of the morning lessons might need to be rescheduled due to an assembly. All students should now be trying to advance as far as possible at their own pace in the blue flip book.
Day 2: 5/3/19: Band rehearsal will be during recess this day. All lessons will NOT occur as scheduled for the 'Hobbit' column on the schedule. Due to Math CBT Testing, lessons will have to either be canceled or rescheduled. Students should ask me or their classroom teacher in the morning. They should have been working on buzzing their mouthpieces every chance they had. All students should now be trying to advance as far as possible at their own pace in the blue flip book.
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.
- Practiced every day?
- Come to your classes prepared?
- Shown loyalty to the band?
- 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.