Below are tools to help students practice effectively at home, and ways for parents to help their child experience music in new ways.
How to practice smarter, not harder:
- Schedule a regular time to practice every day (Before school? After dinner? Before homework?), and stick with it. If it's hard to concentrate, practice into 10 minute chunks, 3 times a day. Be proud of your hard work!
- Use your assignment sheet. Mark the days you practice with stickers or your favorite pens! Write down questions when you have them, or things that worked well during practice.
- Focus on mastering 4 measures at a time until it feels confident and easy. You can also make it a game by rolling a dice--the number you get will be the number of times you play the trickiest measures.
- Tap and clap the rhythm of the piece until it's accurate. Then, say the note names while you play them.
- Can you play the notes and rhythms correctly? Great! Now play with the piano (soft) and forte (strong) sounds, 4 times in a row.
Recommended apps/online tools:
Drum loop videos set at slow, medium, and fast tempos - play your scales with this backbeat, or make up your own tune
Purchasing a piano
Caring for your piano
Music in your community:
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra - free tickets for children under 17. Check concert calendar for Apple Valley performances.
Schubert Club KidsJam concerts