We are off to a great start of the semester here in the CMS band room! I am very happy to see them again.
Please assist me in monitoring their practice logs. These are logs that they are given to track their practicing every week. I ask for one hour per week from student and check the logs every Monday during class. Students can break up their practice time in 10 minutes 6 days of the week, 20 minutes for three days, or even knock out 45 minutes by attending our after school practice sessions. We want to make sure that our students are doing their “band homework” and developing their muscle memory. This is also a way for them to reinforce the pieces and concepts that we learn in class.
Please make sure to sign their practice logs on Sunday nights and to make sure that you hear them practicing at home. If your student absolutely cannot practice at home or stay after school on Mondays, please contact me and we will find a time to make sure that they are on track.
Many band directors count practice logs for a grade. I choose not to do so but am willing to try that if needed. I hope that our constant encouragement will be enough to motivate them to do the right thing. I aim to teach them responsibility and integrity through this and appreciate your reinforcement at home.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.