1. Practice

Rules and Guidelines for Practice Records


  1. Practice at least 3 times a week.

  2. Keep your practice record out when you practice and add the minutes as you go. Don't add all the minutes at the end of the month.

  3. Fill out your practice minutes in PEN.

  4. Have your parents sign the practice record at the end of the 4 weeks.

  5. You may spread the minutes out however you need during a practice record to try to fit in the 480 minutes required for 100%.  

  6. You may ask your parents if you’ve practiced more than 480 minutes if you can “bank” some minutes for the next practice record.  That will be between the parent and the student.

  7. Turn your practice records in on time.  There is almost no way to finish a trimester with less than an A if you turn in your records on time.  

  8. Don’t lie!  First of all I can usually tell because the amount of time you practice DIRECTLY shows in your skills and abilities.  Also, you don’t feel good about lying.  If you don’t practice enough on a practice record, take it on the chin and do better next time.  If you turn in a low practice record on time, it will barely affect your grade.


Additional minutes you may count towards practice record time… 

  1. You may count up to 20 minutes of listening to music a week on your practice record.  I ask that you keep it to “academic” music including Broadway musicals, orchestral (classical) music, jazz, instrumentalists who play the same instrument as you, other schools playing online.  

  2. If you play a second or third instrument, you may count some of the practice on those instruments (up to 60 min a week).  The goal is to keep you playing multiple instruments while maintaining that you practice AT LEAST 60 min a week on your school instrument.  

  3. Live performances can count up to 20 minutes a week on your record.  If you go to the symphony or a friends’ concert, please throw 20 minutes of practicing on your record.  

  4. You may count up to 60 minutes of record time for outside groups such as Youth Orchestras or Jazz Bands outside the school day (not including our jazz band or our concerts).  

  5. If you perform in a CMEA Solo/Ensemble Festival or the All State Band, you may count all the time you’re there as practice minutes.  

  6. Sometimes I’ll be promoting a show and I’ll offer a certain amount of practice record time so stay tuned for those opportunities.  

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Joseph Murphy,
Nov 14, 2017, 10:53 AM
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Joseph Murphy,
Nov 14, 2017, 10:53 AM
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Joseph Murphy,
Nov 14, 2017, 10:53 AM
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Joseph Murphy,
Nov 14, 2017, 10:53 AM
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