Commitment and Practicing
We ask students and parents to make a commitment to our program for the entire year. By the 1st of November (Dec. 1st for Beaverton Schools), if you decide that the program is not for your child, you are not obligated any further. Please read our billing policies.
We ask for a minimum of 3-4 days a week home practice for 15-20 minutes a day. Students have a Practice Journal in the back of their book where they are suppose to write down their assignment and have parents sign off on before they attend the next class. We would prefer short amounts of concentrated practice time. Our teachers talk to the students about the process of time management. We feel it is an important element to a child’s general education. With a minimum of 3-4 days a week, we feel it is a very reasonable expectation for them to organize home practice time. We know how busy students get. If they use their time at home wisely, there really isn’t any excuse to NOT finding 3-4 days of practice. If they do practice a minimum of 4 days a week and attend class consistently, they will do well with their studies. We encourage students to do things like a “mini concert” for their parents from time to time or when relatives come over for the holidays. Use it as a study break as well.
We ask that students to come to class regularly with both their instrument and book. If a child misses a class, you can email teachers for assignments. Students need to be responsible in bringing their books and instrument to school the day of class.
We ask that parents consider bringing their child to at least one of our free band workshops during the. These events are scheduled on a weekend for an hour and there are usually several locations to choose from. Parents are highly encouraged to stay and observe. We have a lot of great things to pass on to the kids but we also like the parents to hear these as well.
We think it is important to purchase a music stand for home practice. This encourages good practice habits. Placing music on a pillow or on the bed does not support good posture and the proper way to play an instrument. These fold-up music stands cost between $15-$20 online. Click here for online wire stands (http://www.westmusic.com/s/music-stands-and-accessories). Saxophone and Clarinet players need to have a box of 10 reeds in order to have enough for the school year. See our Instrument Rental page for links.