• Every 5th Grade Baker Band student is expected to practice at home.
  • The expectation is that your child totals 40 minutes of practice per week. It is better to practice four days for 10 minutes, than to practice one day for 40 minutes.
  • If you’re child says “I don’t know what to practice..,” remind them that they should practice whatever we did in class that day. They need repetition!!

Your child had their first ever performance on their instrument — congratulations!

I know what you are thinking… “Was my child ready? Because the sounds I hear may not have been performance-ready!” Mark this moment in their educational development, we hope that you will CELEBRATE it with your child. Make a big deal out of it and tell the world how proud you are that they are learning an instrument.

This first concert is a snapshot of their growth, much like when parents make a notch in the doorframe to mark their child’s height. Without these “sharing moments”, their growth as musicians would pass unremarked, so this is a BIG deal. You may even want to consider asking them to do a private concert for you at home as a practice run!

I hope you will cherish this moment in time, as the beginning of a wonderful adventure of growth and exploration. In many ways, your child’s progress in music will mirror their maturation as an individual. Studying music will foster self-confidence, goal setting, problem-solving skills, and perseverance. As they become better musicians, they in turn will become better people.

You and your child have begun a wonderful journey, and I look forward to supporting you in the coming months and years. Celebrate this moment!


Mr. Leedy