January 15, 2019
I hope the New Year has been enjoyable thus for you and your family!
I am writing to you to ask your support regarding your child’s home practice efforts. I fully understand that the students are very busy these days with studies, work and social activities. I would like to ask you to encourage your child to practice at home more, or before or after school or during lunch more often.
I have noticed that there are many areas in our music that are simply not moving along as they should. We are working VERY hard everyday in class, but we are at the point that the students need to make more of an individual time commitment towards the ensemble’s preparation. We are having weekly individual playing quizzes in class, and the results are not good. We simply cannot use our time in band to learn every part.
Our time together is very important, but we need that time to rehearse together, not to learn parts. This sets the entire pace of the ensemble too far behind. At this point, it is an individual work issue we have at hand.
There has been a massive drop in private lesson study that GREATLY assists with helping your child become more confident and prepared in class. YOU CAN EVEN USE YOUR ACCOUNT TO PAY FOR LESSONS IF YOU HAVE MONEY AVAILABLE! Please contact me if you are interested.
I understand there are circumstances at home that make it very challenging for our kids to practice. However, I have let everyone know that both myself and Mr. Stout are available for help before and after school if they ask. Any student can also practice a little after they eat lunch, as they are in the band room, and have been given a special lunchroom pass to go to the band room to practice if they want.
So, if your child is not bringing their instrument home, or letting you know they need to come in to school early, or stay after for help, I would like to ask you to please encourage this.
Thank you for your time.