Parents are an equal part of the equation for successful music instruction. Please set aside a quiet place for music practice, preferably with a music stand. Encourage a daily practice routine of shorter amounts of time. Fifteen minutes a day is more meaningful than 1 hour the day before the group lesson. We ask students to practice at least 15 minutes, 4 days a week. At home practice should be considered as part of your commitment to band. Help your young musician establish positive practice habits that will build a lifetime of discipline and dedication in all aspects of life. Keep in mind as well, that success comes at different rates for different students. 2 months is not enough time to determine success. Additionally, our first performances don’t take place until the spring, which are an important part of the musical process. The Hilliard Band Staff recommends making a commitment to band (lessons and at home practice) for the entire school year.