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What Counts as Practice Time | Print |

PRACTICE – an individual activity actively working toward improving some aspect of one’s playing or singing.

* Always count the actual minutes practiced on your HSMA instrument

* HSMA music

* Music and exercises assigned by your conductor

* Private lesson music

* Music not related to HSMA or private lessons

* Study music theory – count up to 15 minutes per week.

* Percussion ONLY: Up to 30 minutes of piano practice each week.

PRIVATE LESSONS – time spent with an instructor improving one’s playing or singing on your HSMA instrument.

* Count the actual length of the lesson.

REHEARSAL - a group activity geared toward improving an ensemble.

* HSMA Monday Rehearsal

* 0 minutes

* HSMA Small Ensembles (i.e. S & E, BJU, etc.)

* Count actual minutes practiced.

* Rehearsal with non HSMA groups. (i.e. BJU, HPA, church, etc.)

* Count half of rehearsal time – only up to 60 minutes per day.

i.e. 60 minute rehearsal count 30 minutes

2 hours or more rehearsal count 60 minutes

PERFORMANCES – presentation before an audience or judge (i.e. concerts, recitals, competition).

* 0 minutes

* Record nothing...you are laying up treasure in heaven!

BONUS – extra credit given for extra effort  - student does not add the minutes on time sheet!

* Attend a performance (you are not performing in).

* Program must be turned in to Conductors Assistant with Timesheet to be approved by Conductor.

* CA will add 15 minutes to the current week after approval.

* Attend S & E and fill out form. Turn form in to Conductors Assistant

* CA will add time to current week.


Multi-program Students

* You must choose which group is your primary and mark it on your timesheet.

* You must practice the required practice time for your primary group.

* Practice time required for secondary group is less than the required time.

* Practice awards given to each student meeting the requirements in their primary & 
secondary group.  No award given if student only meets requirement in secondary group.
IF student meets primary time only, an award is given for that group.

Follow Table below:

 

GROUP

PRIMARY TIME

SECONDARY TIME

Music Readiness

No requirements

 

Elementary Music

100 minutes

100 minutes

Music Fundamentals

150 minutes

120 minutes

Poco Arye

180 minutes

120 minutes

Bel Canto Chorale

270 minutes

180 minutes

Chancel Choir

270 minutes

180 minutes

Beginning Band

180 minutes

120 minutes

Cadet Band

180 minutes 1st year

270 minutes 2+ years

120 minutes

180 minutes

Concert Band

270 minutes

180 minutes

Symphonic

270 minutes

180 minutes

Beginning Strings

180 minutes

120 minutes

Intermediate Strings I

180 minutes

120 minutes

Intermediate Strings II

270 minutes

180 minutes

Junior Orchestra

270 minutes

180 minutes

Senior Orchestra

270 minutes

180 minutes

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