At-home practicing is a required part of being in band. It is expected that at-home practice time will be 50-70 minutes per week. This time should take place over a minimum of 2 sessions. Ideally, instruments will go home 3 times per week for 20-minute practice sessions. Practice journals will be due WEEKLY and will help students keep track of the progress they are making.

Download a Printable Practice Journal here


A great practice aid!

SmartMusic is an interactive program which allows students to complete playing or singing assignments with instant feedback through a videogame-like interface. The Shelbyville Middle School band program uses SmartMusic at school as a way to assess student progress. This online-based piece of software is free to use at school. The $36 subscription advertised online is only needed if you wish to use the software at home. If you are renting from Paige's Music you may also be eligible for an at-home subscription as well.