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Students must not only be told to practice, but they
must also be told how to practice. We all are well aware
that quality practice serves greater benefits than quan-
tity practice. It is for this reason that directors should
use practice charts with caution when correlated to
student assessment. The most practical age to promote
healthy practice is during their beginning years. Be cre-
ative when it comes to encouraging beginners to prac-
tice. Figure 1 is a “recipe for success” that I constructed
for my beginning students when I first began teaching.
MUSIC MASTERCLASS -
WOODWINDS
Do Your Students Know
HOW to Practice?
Dr. Shelley Jagow; Wright State University
FIGURE 1: “MUSICAL MUFFINS RECIPE”: (A BEGINNING INSTRUMENTAL PRACTICE PLAN)
You need to practice 30 minutes
every day. Here is a great recipe to
make you into a good musician.
Prepare
beforehand:
a quiet room for yourself
a music stand
a comfortable chair
without arms
Add:
1 minute of long tones
2 minutes of lip slurs/octave slurs
5 minutes of scales with various articulations and dynamics
5 minutes of sight reading
12 minutes of band method music and assignments
5 minutes of active listening to recordings suggested by your teacher
Stir in:
good posture
good embouchure
full, controlled breath support
concentration! (A concentrated and focused practice for 15
minutes is better than a distracted practice for 30 minutes.)
Bake at 365 days a year. Serves enjoyment and self-esteem for a lifetime!
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