Article 10 Tips to Being a Better Band Parent

10 Tips to Being a Better Band Parent

1. Ask your child what he or she did in band today.

2. Provide a place in your home and set a time to practice each day.

3. Check your band student's homework assignments: ask him/her to name the notes for you; ask him/her to show you the fingerings; ask him/her to count or clap the rhythms for you.

4. Encourage your child to play his/her instrument for you and let him/her know how proud you are of his/her work.

5. Make sure your child has all the necessary supplies: reeds, valve oil, mallets or drumsticks, music book and a pencil.

6. Make sure your child's instrument is in good working condition. If you are unsure, ask your child's band teacher to check it.

7. Look into the possibility of giving your band student private lessons on his/her instrument.

8. Attend all school band events.

9. Take your child to band concerts at the middle school, high school, in the community and professional groups, such as the symphony.

10. Listen to music at home.

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