Recommend Daily Practice for Students
Students should practice a minimum of 105 per week (about 15 minutes a day).
1. Begin with a warm up:
Beginners should warm up by playing long tones. Playing exercises 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 in the lesson book is a great way to warm up your lips and get ready for practice.
Intermediate students should warm up with the concert B flat scale.
While warming up you should make sure to check your posture and hand position. You should work to maintain a steady tone.
2. While practicing the lesson material:
Before playing each exercise you should always check for sharps, flats and naturals.
Play through each section of music while striving to maintain a steady beat and accurate notes.
Next you should identify trouble spots and determine if the problem is melodic or rhythmic.
Work each exercise until you can play it three times in a row without a mistake. Remember: Once is luck, twice is a coincidence, and three times is talent!
3. Strategies for improvement:
Practice the music in small sections.
Read and finger the notes before you play.
Write in the note names.
Write in the rhythmic counts.
Perform the music in repetitions.
Slow down the tempo of the music.
Add dynamics and articulations.
4. Ways to make practice more enjoyable:
Practice with a friend.
Practice with a CD or other recordings.