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  1. Beginning instrumental students need lots to of encouragement.

  2. Playing an instrument well is a learned skill.

  3. Sometimes you must practice loud and soft to develop good tone.

  4. Practice each day.

  5. Find a comfortable place in which to practice.

  6. Musical instruments are not toys. They are fragile - precision instruments. Do not allow others to handle them.

  7. Play the instrument each day to maintain your instrument in good working order. A damaged instrument may not play at all.

  8. Set up a consistent time each day (free from distractions) that will allow you to practice and not disturb the family. (15-20 minutes a day, to start).

  9. Play for parents and relatives once you learn some songs.

  10. Parents should sit with their child at least once a week while they practice. Have them show you what they are doing. Help them count.

  11. Write down the lesson time and be sure to take the instrument to the lesson.

  12. Every instrument has periods in the learning process that will be difficult.

  13. Learn the definition of the word "persevere".Call your teacher if you need help.

  14. Woodwind instruments will need a good supply of reeds (except flute). Brass need oil slide lubricant. Music stands and reed guards are good gift ideas.


Parents should consider taking a few lessons on the instrument. It will give you a better insight into what your child is going through, and it may be fun for your child as well as yourself.

I want you to succeed.