Beginning Band

  • Extra Equipment

    You will find more information below, or you can watch this quick video!

  • The Instrument Recommendation document, located in the files section, contains other items needed for instrument upkeep and correct practice.  Two items for practice are a folding music stand and a metronome(available online, or Graner or Meeker Music).  Both are affordable items and many families have one or both sitting around waiting to be borrowed. 

    Music Stands:  After just three days of practicing without a stand, habits are formed that can take months to fix.  Music stands will both improve your child's playing AND make it more enjoyable to practice.  Students should avoid putting their music on a piano as the height of a piano's music stand is incorrect for both sitting and standing to practice. As another note, students should never practice while sitting on their beds. 

    Tuners:  Tuners are a phenomenal tool that students should get used to using early. A physical tuner will be great but students will find that the free version of the Bandmate Chromatic Tuner will be excellent for their early development (for Android, Apple, and Kindle devices). 

    Metronome:  A metronome is a tool used to improve a musicians time and rhythm.   These are also available on the internet as well as from Graner and Meeker Music.  Metronome Apps are also available.  I personally like the "Metronomics" app as it gives options for creating fun rhythms. "Musicians Kit" app also supplies a good metronome as well as a tuner and recorder in the app.  Metronomes should be used for most of the practice time.  Encourage correct foot tapping as well as counting to improve a sense of beat and rhythm. 

    If you have any questions about these items, please contact me.