How parents can help their band students succeed. Practical hints for your students so they can practice efficiently: 1. Band students need to practice a little every day, not a lot on one day. 2. Band students need a quiet, secluded place to practice. 3. Make sure your student has a good chair and a music stand to use when practicing. (This prevents the following scenario ☺) Teacher: “How did you get that huge dent in your instrument?” Student: “I think I sat on it.” Teacher: “I’m afraid to ask, but how did that happen?” Student: “I was practicing while sitting on my bed. I got up to do something. When I came back, I didn’t realize my instrument was buried under my clothes, and I sat on it!” 4. Have you helped your band student organize his/her schedule so he/she has a regular practice time? 5. Parents may listen in on their student’s practice; a little praise goes a long way. 6. When was the last time your student’s instrument was cleaned? Clean instruments play better than dirty ones – they are also healthier! 7. Instruments need to be serviced periodically (just like a car). Make sure your student’s instrument is in proper working order to ease the frustration level.