How to Motivate Students to Practice

Often it is apparent that a student is eager to participate in the band program, but has trouble keeping up with regular practice. The recommended time is 20 to 30 minutes each day. Here are some suggestions on getting more out of your time:

  1. Set a regular time for practice each day. i.e. right after school, before or after dinner, etc.
  2. Find a place where you can practice without interruption. i.e. spare room, basement, bedroom, etc.-any place where the student can go at the same time every day.
  3. Set small goals. Playing one measure or one line of music correctly is better than playing an entire page incorrectly. Bite off small bites that you can chew!
  4. Set the music a little lower than eye level, as you do with a computer screen. A music stand is best.
  5. Practice with a friend. The Yamaha, Standard of Excellence and many other "band method" books are written so that all instruments can practice and play together.
  6. Listen to professional performers who play your instrument. Click Here for recommendations of good players to listen to on tape or CD.
  7. Have a more experienced friend or relative tutor once in a while.
  8. Private instructors can be very helpful for students who want to learn at a faster pace or might need additional lessons. A list of qualified teachers is usually available at your school.

These few steps should provide the student with the tools that they need in order to become an outstanding band participant!