Welcome

    Band For Today has been providing area schools with band and piano programs for twenty five years. Band For Today teachers have instructed more than twenty thousand students during that time. We offer schools a full range of music education services including band lessons, concerts, solo contests, honors ensembles, field trips, and… Click here to continue reading.


Five Tips for Better Practice

WARM-UP
Like athletes, musicians need to warm up the muscles they’ll be using. Start slowly with long tones such as whole and half notes. This will help get your mind and body focused and ready to go on.

SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF
These goals should be based on what your teacher assigned: for example, “today I’m going to improve that hard part in my band music” or “today… Click here to continue reading.


Practice Tips for Students and Parents

by Larry Newman, Director of Children’s Music Workshop

The excitement of a new adventure is enough to provide an ample supply of positive motivation for the first several weeks of the instrumental music experience. Once the initial enthusiasm wears off, it is important to immediately develop wholesome practice habits which will guarantee a successful and personally gratifying process for your child. Your support and guidance will be the key… Click here to continue reading.


Percussion

Overview and History of the Drums
Out of all the modern day instruments, none has a longer history than the drum. The drums are known to have existed since 6000 BC from all over the world. The first drum sets were put together in the late 1800s sometime after the invention of the bass drum pedal. This invention made it possible for one person to play several percussion instruments (snare… Click here to continue reading.