Practice Logs

Practice logs begin the week of September 23!  Practice Logs are a required part of the band grade in Tharp Band.

How Does It Work?
Practice Log Links are located in Canvas.  We will download the weekly practice log and fill out the Assignment section together every Monday during band class. Students will record all home practice (including the “what did you practice” section) on this log throughout the week, get it signed and submitted to Canvas on Monday of the following week.  We will take class time every Monday to submit the weekly practice log

How Long Do I Practice?
Students are required to practice a minimum of 60 minutes each week and a minimum of 3 days each week.  4 days of 15 minutes each or 3 days of 20 minutes each are examples of good practice habits.  Percussionists should split their time between bells and pad (about 30 minutes each instrument per week)

How Are Practice Logs Graded?

  • 1 point for filling out the assignment (provided for students on Monday)
  • 4 points for practice
    • 60+ minutes = 4 points
    • 40-59 minutes = 3 points
    • 20-39 minutes = 2 points
    • 1-19 minutes = 1 point
  • +1 point if student practices 100 minutes or more
  • -1 point if student practice less than 3 days (even if they have 60 minutes)

How Do Practice Logs Get Submitted?
All practice logs are due to Canvas the following Monday.  Please get them signed Sunday evening so you can submit on time. ALL practice logs MUST be signed by an adult to receive any points.  DO NOT submit a practice log without a parent signature.  Parents can sign with a finger or stylus – please no typed signatures.

Private Lessons?
If your child takes private lessons on their band instrument, they can write down the lesson time as a day of practice.  I would also like them to check mark the box at the bottom of each practice log so I am aware of these lessons.

Other FAQ’s

  • All practice sheets MUST be signed by a guardian for students to receive credit.
  • If a student practices 100 minutes or more in a week, they will receive 1 bonus point.
  • Percussionists should practice both bells and pad each week: about 30 minutes on each instrument.
  • I DO accept all late practice logs without penalty as long as the student did the practice (you cannot make up practice time on a different week). Students are STRONGLY encouraged to develop a habit of turning them in weekly.
  • If a student cannot practice during the week (due to illness, vacation, instrument repair), the student should write “REPAIR” or “SICK” on the practice log, get it signed by an adult, and submit on time.