Concert Band 2
Summer Practice Routine
Playing a musical instrument is not just an intellectual activity, but also a physical one! Because of this, I often compare musical practice to exercise like strength training and conditioning.
Like exercise, if you don't maintain a consistent routine, your skills will decay and you will get out of shape. That's why it's important to establish a consistent routine and stick to it. Furthermore, like weight training, if you don't pay careful attention to HOW you practice, you could damage your facial muscles.
It's important to gradually work your way up. Practicing anything takes time, patience, and perseverance!
Students should practice EVERY day. This is extremely imporant. Research has shown that daily practice helps reinforce muscle memory and that practicing methodically is more effective than practicing a large quantity of time in one sitting. Your brain needs time to rest and rewire. You will be amazed at how much better you'll get just by coming back to the same exercise the next day. Thirty minutes per day would be a great goal.
Listed below are suggested practice routines for all students. These will differ depending on the invidividual needs of each student; however, they should provide a good starting point for how to structure practice time.
All exercises can be found in the Instrument Resources folder. These exercises are designed in levels (noted a by a circle with a number) and are not meant to be played in their entirety. Start at level 1 and gradually work your way through them. Don't move on to the next level until you've mastered the one you are on! Also be sure to give your face some time to rest in between exercises.
If you have any questions or need any help, please don't hesitate to email me!
Click on your instrument to see your routine!