We had our fourth scale project today...and as a part of the process, we are placing more emphasis on the students taking the responsibility for preparation rather than depending on the band directors to rehearse the material with them daily in class. Granted, we have gone through the scales several times, but not quite as many as on previous scale projects. The end goal is for them to take initiative to prepare for a project without the directors doing the work for them. This is a valuable skill for the future. College professors will not step the students through every assignment. The boss at a job will not keep demonstrating and having the workers go through every task multiple times after their preliminary training.
The materials for the scale projects have been out since early August. Our fear is that many students waited until hours before the actual playing exam to prepare. Cramming the physical/motor skills at the last minute does not work. Advance planning is a good thing. Becoming proficient before the deadline takes the nerves out of an audition situation.
You might notice lower grades on this project...please discuss this with your student (as we will) and encourage regular practice BEFORE the last minute. All materials are available far in advance (with second semester tryouts coming up in a few weeks...your student should have already been practicing the etude and scales in order to be ready). Materials are on the website.
Playing a musical instrument is a skill that requires regular practice. There are no "cheats" or "shortcuts". Doing the right things in the right way over time produces results. Help your student establish either a private lesson and/or regular practice routine. Encourage advance preparation of assignments. The skills learned will transfer into many other areas of life!