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Music Reading Challenges…And How Parents Can Help

August 20th, 2020 · No Comments

This week at Alston Ridge and Parkside, our band students are beginning the process of learning to read music! Reading music can be challenging for young musicians; fortunately, there are many ways that parents can help make it easier. One great way to help your children is to understand the difficulties they’re facing as they [...]

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Summer: A HOT Time to Grow Musically!

May 30th, 2020 · No Comments

After a long year of playing in band class, many kids are tempted to stuff their instruments in the closet on the last day of school and leave them there until fall. Unfortunately, forgetting about one’s instrument over the summer can lead to needless frustration down the road. In this article, you’ll learn why summer [...]

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Common Practice Mistakes – Part 3

February 16th, 2020 · No Comments

Welcome to Part 3 of our series about things NOT to do in your practice! Last time, we talked about two big practice pitfalls–lack of focus and ignoring our problems. Today, we finish out our series with two very common practice troubles: one-way practicing and always starting at the beginning. 6. One Way Practicing One [...]

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Common Practice Mistakes – Part 2

February 9th, 2020 · No Comments

Welcome to Part 2 of our series about things NOT to do in your practice! Last time, we talked about the dangers of practicing too little and not practicing consistently. Today, we tackle two big problems–lack of focus and ignoring our problems. 4. Unfocused Practice One step above pseudo-practice is unfocused practice. This is like [...]

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Common Practice Mistakes – Part 1

February 1st, 2020 · No Comments

In band class, we talk often about how to practice…but did you know that it can also be helpful to learn how NOT to practice? In this 3-part series, we’ll present several not-so-good practice habits that you’ll want to stay away from! 1. Practicing Too Little The #1 mistake people make with practice is practicing [...]

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Breathe New Life into Your Practice!

January 16th, 2020 · No Comments

For many young musicians, January can be a tough time to practice. Since we just had a nice, long break, we may feel very lazy, and the cold, gray weather doesn’t help. But January is also a great time to evaluate our practice, and make sure it’s as fun and effective as possible! Try asking [...]

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Use It, Don’t Lose It! How to Maintain Your Practice Over the Holidays

December 1st, 2019 · No Comments

The winter holidays can be a great time to kick back and enjoy relaxing with friends and family. However, if we forget to include practice in our holiday plans, it can be all too easy to lose all the musical skills we’ve worked to develop this year in band! Here are four things you can [...]

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Especially for Hortons Creek: Music Reading Challenges

October 20th, 2019 · No Comments

This week at Hortons Creek, our band students are beginning the process of learning to read music! Reading music can be challenging for young musicians; fortunately, there are many ways that parents can help make it easier. One great way to help your children is to understand the difficulties they’re facing as they learn to [...]

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Hey, Hortons Creek – Let’s Read with the Four Steps!

October 20th, 2019 · No Comments

At this point in the year, all our band students at Wiley and Hortons Creek are reading musical notation. The beginners are just getting started, learning to decipher the written notes and translate them into correct fingerings and lip positions on their instruments. On the other hand, the already-fluent readers in the Continuing Band are [...]

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Four Steps to Excellent Music Reading

August 25th, 2019 · No Comments

At this point in the year, all our band students at Alston Ridge and Parkside are reading musical notation. The beginners are just getting started, learning to decipher the written notes and translate them into correct fingerings and lip positions on their instruments. On the other hand, the already-fluent readers in the Continuing Band are [...]

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Tags: helping your child succeed · music reading · practice