How Can you Help your Child Develop Musically?
- Show an interest in the music study of your child. Celebrate their choice to bring music into their life!
- Arrange a regular time and a safe place for your child to practice without distraction or interruption. Don’t banish them to the garage!
- Read literature, messages and emails from your child’s band program and respond to what is required.
- Supervise your child’s 30 minutes of daily practice. Strong individual players make a strong band.
- Never make fun of the “strange” sounds your beginner instrumentalist may make. It’s important to remember that all musicians begin with “sour” notes and missed rhythms.
- Volunteer your services to the band program. Get involved in the band boosters.
- Be sure that your child has any required method book and materials prior to the first day of class.
- Teach your child the responsibility of being present and on time to rehearsals.
- Help your child to maintain their instrument in good repair. Instruments in disrepair will slow your child’s progress.
- Encourage your child to play in front of others when the opportunity arises at home, school, church, or in the community.
- Keep a record of your child’s various music activities.
- See that your child takes their instrument and music to school and back home every day.
- Demonstrate your support of your child’s musical efforts by attending all their performances and concerts.
Benefits of Music
Music is a Science. It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s score is a chart, a graph with indicated frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is Mathematical. It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a Foreign Language. Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly no English, but a highly developed kind of short hand that used symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
Music is History. Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation – often even the country and/or political feeling.
Music is Physical Education. It requires fantastic coordination and control of muscles which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is Immortal. It has been around since man first discovered he could organize the noise around him and create something which would transcend and uplift the human experience. Music shall live as long as there are ears and minds to listen and appreciate this art.
Music is Art. It allows a human being to take all these dry, technical, techniques and use them to create emotion.