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Music Tracks

The music tracks are all housed within Google Classroom.

Google classroom codes:

Junior Choir (9/10) – kkvvxxn
Senior Choir (11/12) – tgjhnqu
Strings (9-12) – wkmf7ci
Band 9 – y2pidd5
Band 10 – wlhueaz
Band 11/12 – gjvz5qt

Helping your child succeed in our programs.

Learning music is like learning to speak. At first, we listened closely to the sounds around us and tried our best to imitate what we heard. Our first attempts may not have sounded much like speech, but with repeated practice we slowly improved and before long were able to communicate with confidence.

The same is true with learning an instrument.

The first sounds that students make may not sound much like what we hear at concerts or on CDs, but through consistent practice, the skills learned in class will become natural. The most important thing is to have confidence that with patience and consistent effort, things will get better, and the results will be worth the effort.

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.

Some tips:

● 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…)

Music Stand

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.

Practice Cards

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/week
  • N: Fewer than 90 minutes/week

The practice card grade accounts for 20% of a student’s grade in Grade 9 and 10

Need a new practice card?

Download a new one and print it at home.