I wanted to take the time to write a quick post about the coming school year and how to set yourself up for success. There are a few things that students inevitably forget to consider before the school year starts. These items are usually simple, but they make all the difference between having an enjoyable year in band and a mediocre one.
1. Please make sure that you have a music stand. Not having a music stand at home prevents musicians from practicing with correct posture and this causes lots of easily preventable problems. Some of the problems that can be caused by not using a stand include the following: neck pain from craning or dipping the neck at unatural angles, incorrect body posture that leads to muscle tension, and less interest in practicing due to discomfort or inconvenience.
2. Use a metronome every time that you practice. Practice with a metronome is a totally different world from practice without one. A metronome is a "truth serum" for musicians. It shows you exactly what passages of a particular piece you can or can't play. Metronomes are without any doubt the most universally recommended tools by music teachers.
3. Consider private lessons. Youtube is a wonderful and revolutionary thing when it comes to learning just about anything, but it's not perfect. Part of the battle of becoming a musician is developing good muscle memory and good habits. Sometimes even the right notes can be produced incorrectly. Teachers can help identify improper techniques, problematic embouchures, and excesses of muscle tension before they develop into bad habits or injuries.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great school year!