Thank you to all that made it out to the annual Parent Tour night. It was nice to see familiar faces and to meet all of you that are new to the bands. I hope that it was informative (& entertaining).
I mentioned my philosophy on practicing last night. To reiterate, your sons should be practicing on a daily basis. Ideally, you should not have to prod, cajole, bribe, or force them to practice. Ideally, they should do it because they love it. Ideally, it should be something that they look forward to.......
Realistically though, we all know that this is not what happens. Most students need a "nudge" to go to the practice room. After all, it is their "homework." In fact, how well they do their "homework" has a tremendous effect on the rest of the students in the band. The same cannot be said for most of the traditional homework that they are assigned.
It is perfectly acceptable to remind your son to practice. It is also perfectly acceptable to demand it! Don't feel as it is just "his thing." If not for your parental support, he wouldn't have even had the opportunity to play. For the amount of money, time, & energy that you have invested in your son's musical eductaion, it is expected that he gives his best effort. In the end he will thank you for it. I know this because my mom had to force me some days. I still thank her for it today.