TASKS (This is what a typical practice session should look like):
Warm up your instrument, face and breathing muscles, or bowing and fingering skills for string players.
For about 2-3 minutes, play simple songs from the lesson book or by playing a scale.
Identify what song and what bead song or section of a band/orchestra song that needs the most work, focus on that for most of your practice time
You can spend the last 2 minutes playing something from the concert/bead songs that you can already play well, for fun. Work on increasing the tempo (the speed).
Third Grade Song sheet:
4th 5th Bead Challenge: https://www.centennialsd.org/cms/lib/PA01001061/Centricity/Domain/569/bead%20challenge%20chart.pdf
THINGS TO KNOW:
-Practice slow at first in small pieces with LOTS of repetition.
-All music has a beat! Make sure you are feeling a steady beat/pulse when you practice. Tap your foot to help. You can use a metronome to help keep the beat while you play. Google has one that pops up when you search: https://www.google.com/search?q=metronome
-Go for quality work...it's better to spend 10-15 minutes on 4 measures that are giving you a challenge rather than try to play through a whole song without really knowing if it's right or wrong.
-Band Students: If you forget a fingering for a note look it up in the fingering chart in the back of your Standard of Excellence lesson book.
-Play your instrument for fun! Make stuff up! Try to make up a little melody using the notes you know.
-Perform for a family member or a pet the music you've been working on. Fish make for a great audience!
-Try to figure out the notes to a popular song (TV, radio, YouTube, tiktok, etc.)That you like.