Practicing an instrument

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Practicing an instrument
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Tue, 10-21-2003 - 12:45pm
Hi, my ds plays trumpet. During the summer we found a very nice teacher to take lessons from, he joined band last school year. I thought it would help him not lose any skills learned from the school band teacher. We stayed on with the teacher, they both seem to enjoy the lessons. The teacher tells me that with a little practice my ds could be a very good player, that ds can hit notes that most kids his age can not. (sidenote, ds's uncle is pro jazz musician. I don't expect my ds to follow in uncle's footsteps, I am realistic.) My ds says he loves to play, he just doesnt like to practice! He must go through the scales every day & he hates it. Any ideas on to get though this without a hassle? I tell him that someday he won't have to do this but until then, this is how you get to be a good player. If he was younger I would have made a chart and given him a sticker, told him if he practiced every day we could go to Carvel at the end of the week but I feel like he is getting to big for this and I don't want to bribe him. so....????? please?
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Tue, 10-21-2003 - 1:07pm

I've been struggling with exactly this issue also. (Thus my confused icon.) Last year, I told the kids I expected them to practise 4x week, but they didn't do it on their own, naturally ;-) Here's what's been working lately. I've told them that Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun they are to practise. As with homework, the other things they want to do don't happen until homework and instrument practise is done. On Thursdays, they have their instrument lessons, and Sam also has band, so that means they are playing 5 days

Janet


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Tue, 10-21-2003 - 1:48pm
Knowing that Wynton Marsalis was a young trumpet player, how about going to the library and getting a video or book on him, to show your child what he went through, or is going through for routine practices. I did find a young reader book (3rd-4th grade level) called Wynton Marsalis : gifted trumpet player; that one might be too easy, but it accentuates that he loves teaching kids, so it might be a start, or at least in an area of the library that would have more... I'd go that route; go with someone who can mentor, even if it's via video or books, especially if he's truly that interested.
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Tue, 10-21-2003 - 1:52pm
This one sounds good:

Tackling the monster : Marsalis on practice

Imprint New York : Sony Wonder : Sony Classical, 1995.

1 videocassette (58 min.) : sd., col. ; VHS.

Series Marsalis on music.

Note An episode of PBS TV series "Marsalis on music."

Performer Host, Wynton Marsalis ; Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra ; Seiji Ozawa, conductor ; Wynton Marsalis Jazz Orchestra ; Wynton Marsalis, conductor.

Summary Marsalis and Yo-yo Ma discuss practicing: both admit to hating it and offer tips on making this necessary evil tolerable.



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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 9:11am
Thank you! Suzy, that was really nice of you! I will look for that. I wish his uncle lived closer but he lives all the way across the country. He was better the past few days, maybe because he saw his school band teacher and played a high F and a slur for him. The teacher told him that not many kids his age can play that note and also loved his slur. So it made him feel important a bit. So now that he had two teachers tell him, I think he believes it now. I asked him what he would like and he said going to Carvel once a week if he practices was good. And it's something we can afford too. Thank you.
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Thu, 10-23-2003 - 5:54pm
I don't post here often. Actually I hardly ever post anywhere, lol. However, this caught my eye. During the summer I bought my 11-year-old sister a guitar. At first she was only using it sporadically. I bought her a DVD that has lessons and she plays that on her computer. She has improved so much. She practices almost every day and not because anyone makes her, but because she saw improvement and we encouraged her. I have an idea for your son. Since you said his uncle lives far away, maybe you can get him to video tape a lesson for your son? Or just tell his uncle what your son is practicing and maybe he can do the steps, then your son can "virtually" practice with his uncle. Hope this helps.

~Karin~

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 9:02am
My DS also plays trumpet at school and we had a problem with this. DS is required for school to practice 75 minutes per week. He was not wanting to do it so I told him last month that he had to prove to me by the end of the month that this is something that he wants to do by doing the practice without arguement, otherwise the trumpet went back and he was done. We are just renting the trumpet and we can return it at any time. He now practices every night without argueing about it. Gues I'm a bit hard core about it but I'm not going to pay for this if it's not something that he really wants to do and if I'm going to have to badger him to do it.

Dawn, who's been too busy to post much lately!! LOL!!

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Fri, 10-24-2003 - 3:49pm
Welcome, Karin! Glad you jumped in on this one!

Janet


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Sat, 10-25-2003 - 12:08pm
Thank you, Digger and Karin, we have finished paying for the trumpet so it is ours now. I would hate to see him quit and he does not want to, it is getting through the boring scales that is murder. I love the idea of asking his uncle to send him a video tape. I will ask him, maybe today we will e-mail him a mini movie of ds playing. Thanks.