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Re: Changing practice culture
I wish I had an answer about getting kids self-motivated to practice. However, SmartMusic helped me achieve the same goal (kids knowing their individual part without so much one-on-one time). I assigned SmartMusic over just about every piece we did, and expected the kids to do it before rehearsal. The instant feedback was really helpful to a bunch of kids. SmartMusic has its issues, but it worked for me.
Good morning YB!
So we are at a precipice where I teach. In the past several years we've been successful without requiring much outside the classroom on an individual level. But now we're stepping in to the big boy music world and we need to change the practice culture in our program.
So with that said, those who have successfully changed the culture in your ensembles from "teacher led" practice (where a kid and teacher work one-on-one through the difficult parts) to student led practice (where the student does an overwhelming portion of the practice on their own) what would you suggest that we do to help this along?
Just so you're aware we're talking a 4A HS program that is split in to two groups based (mostly) on ability. Looking at grade 4 music.