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 What Counts for Practice Time in HSMA?

 

Listed below are guidelines for the minimum practice requirements. We encourage students to view these as the minimum requirement and to spend more time practicing their instrument.

 

Practice your own HSMA Band/Choir/Orchestra music (with the music in front of you!) or exercises assigned by your conductor

  • Count the actual minutes practiced
  • Record these minutes in the week in which practice occurred

Study music theory (in piano lessons, private lessons, or self-paced instruction)

  • Count the time spent studying theory to a maximum of 15 minutes each week
  • Record these minutes in the week in which the activity occurred

Attend college or professional level concert

  • Count 15 minutes per concert if you write down the name and place of the concert on the back of your timesheet and show the program to your conductor
  • Record these minutes in the fall or spring week of grace depending on the semester after you receive conductor approval (conductor must notify Conductor's Assistant of approval for you to get credit)

Take private lessons on your HSMA instrument (or voice)

  • Count the actual length of the lesson
  • Record these minutes in the week in which the activity occurred

Practice lesson material for private lesson as assigned by your private instructor

  • Count the actual time spent practicing
  • Record these minutes in the week in which the practicing occurred

Practice music not related to HSMA Band/Choir/Orchestra or private lessons

  • Count the actual time spent practicing
  • Record these minutes in the week in which the practicing occurred

Attend an HSMA concert other than your own (on a different day!)

  • Count 45 minutes if you write the concert, date, and place on the back of the timesheet
  • Record these minutes in the week of grace for the current term

Perform in an HSMA concert or ministry opportunity 

  • 0 minutes
  • Record nothing...you are laying up treasure in heaven!

Rehearse with other groups (church ensemble, HPA pit orchestra/chorus, Honors Ensembles like MYAF, MMC)

  • Count the actual minutes practiced up to a maximum of 60 minutes per week
  • Record in the week in which the practicing occurred

Perform in S&E (includes those accompanying an event)

  • Count 45 minutes in the current week for the first event, 30 for the second, 15 for the third. Count an extra 15 for each event with a proficiency (including Piano)
  • Subtract the number of events you performed in from 5, attend that many other events (For example, f you were in 3 events, you would need to listen to 2), write down the events you listen to and make comments. Record an additional 30 minutes in the current week.

Attend S&E

  • Listen to 5 events throughout the day . . . 3 must be HSMA events . . . 3 must be on your instrument (not necessarily HSMA events). Please write down what events you listen to and the instruments, and make comments on how the events went! 
  • Count 30 minutes (after conductor or time taker approval) for the current week.

 Special HSMA-Related Events

  • Perform at Honors Recital: Record 60 minutes in the current week
  • Perform at MMC, MYAF: Record 60 minutes in the current week, in addition to the time you can count for rehearsal (see above)

Participate in BJU Festival

  • For each day of the actual festival (Monday - Thursday) and travel (Sunday, Friday): Record 45 minutes each day

Perform in other venues not related to HSMA (church, nursing home, HPA pit orchestra/chorus, etc.)

  • 0 minutes
  • Record nothing...you are laying up treasure in heaven!

Percussionists (everything above applies plus the following!)

  • Place a priority on preparing band music and learning all the percussion parts
  • Practice time must be divided between snare and mallet 
  • You may count 30 minutes of piano practice each week

Mult-iprogram Students

  • You must choose which group is your primary and mark it on your time sheet
  • You must practice the required practice time for your primary group (270 or 180)
  • Practice time for the secondary group is 60 minutes less than the required time (180 for a 270 requirement; 120 for a 180 requirement)
  • If your secondary group is Beginning Band or Beginning Strings you must practice the full 180 for the secondary group and 210 for the primary

Chancel Choir and Bel Canto Students

You may count:

  • the actual minutes studying and performing the physical stretching exercises, warm-up exercises, songs, and worksheets in your folder or assigned by your conductor
  • the actual minutes of voice lessons
  • the actual minutes singing (in the proper fashion) of vocal material from other choirs, churches, caroling, nursing homes, etc
  • up to 15 minutes each day of classroom recitations such as poetry reading, recitation, vocal dictations, etc. 
  • You may NOT count singing popular or modern music or music sung with electronic devices (except CDs from HSMA choir)

Music Fundamentals Students

You may count:

the actual minutes studying and performing the physical stretching exercises, warm-up exercises, songs, and worksheets in your folder or assigned by your conductor

  • the actual minutes of voice lessons
  • the actual minutes singing (in the proper fashion) of vocal material from other choirs, churches, caroling, nursing homes, etc
  • the actual minutes practicing assigned instruments
  • up to 10 minutes each day of classroom recitations such as poetry reading, recitation, vocal dictations, etc

Elementary Music

You may count :

  • singing
  • doing the worksheets assigned in class
  • listening to the CDs assigned in class
  •