All Reynolds Music students are expected to spend time practicing their instrument (including the voice for choir members!) as part of their development as musicians, and teachers will review daily the warm ups, exercises and repertoire for home practice.
Set aside a particular time for practicing, making space for it in your daily schedule. Let the rest of your family know that you are not to be disturbed during this time.
Practice in a place where you can be on your own, somewhere where you can be free from distractions like TVs, computers, etc.
Have everything you need with you, including your instrument, music folder and a watch or clock to time your practicing. A glass of water is nice, too.
Always begin your practice session with a warm up – long tones and other exercises given by the teacher. Sessions should be organized a) Warmup b) Technique c) Repertoire (pieces) d) Just for fun (Your favourite piece, play along with recordings, whatever…)
It is important to use a music stand while practicing at home. It holds music and prevent strained muscles. Music stands are also useful for performances away from the school. Inexpensive folding stands can be bought at most music stores.
Student in grade 9 and 10 ensembles are expected to keep track of their home practice on practice cards, which are to be signed by a parent and are marked and initialled by the teacher weekly. A mark for home practice is included in each term report and is assigned as follows:
Excellent 30 minutes/day, 5 days/week
Good 30 minutes/day, 4 days/week
Satisfactory 30 minutes/day, 3 days/week48
N Fewer than 90 minutes/week
The practice card grade accounts for 15% of a student’s grade in Band 9 and 10.