How do you get kids to practice? Make music an escape for them. Provide a place where music is an outlet rather than a chore or just another school thing. My parents... well my mom didn't want to hear me squwaking away after working her 2nd job, but my band director would encourage it.
: Students without money have a lot more to
: worry about than those with money. Many
: students have two parents that work part
: time jobs or jobs that have very late hours
: so after school those kids are usually stuck
: babysitting their younger siblings. Or, if
: the parents don't work traditional jobs they
: probably work jobs that involve illegal
: activity so again, the kid is forced to
: "grow up" and manage the
: household. In extreme cases, some students
: even have to work a part time job themselves
: in order to help suppor their family. In
: perspective, practicing the trumpet is
: nothing compared to making sure their baby
: brother/sister is being taken care of or if
: they're making enough money to keep their
: lights on/stomachs full.
: That being said, it isn't always that way.
: Some students in poorer communities get
: everything handed to them by the school
: district and grow up entitled and
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: I've noticed a trend and I was curious. It
: seems that, for the most part, the lower
: socioeconomic students practice less than
: others. There are always exceptions. I'm
: towards the end of my career and have taught
: is several school districts. The kids are
: great everywhere but the kids with money
: seem to put in more time outside of class
: than the kids without.