How often should kids practice their instrument?

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How often should kids practice their instrument?

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The length of time that a kid plays varies greatly. If they’re just starting off, you know a little bitty kid in elementary school, they should play about 20 minutes. As they progress and become older, and demands become higher, in the middle school, I would say, they practice for an hour. Then high school, they practice for about 4 hours. As a college student, I practiced for 8 hours. And it also depends on what they’re doing with their music – is this just for fun, or is this something that they plan on pursuing? If they’re trying to be competitive, and they’re in high school, yes, they need to be practicing 5 to 6 hours a day.

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Fernando Pullum, MA

Director of Performing Arts & Educational Specialist

Fernando Pullum is an educator and professional musician. In 1989 LAUSD recognized Fernando’s music program as the first music magnet in South Los Angeles. During the years that followed, 100% of Fernando’s students graduated with a high school diploma and only one student failed to enroll in college during the next fifteen years. Fernando has been recognized by many organizations and individuals throughout his tenure, including Oprah, VH-1 and the State of California as its teacher of the year.

Over the years, Fernando’s students have performed for many dignitaries, including President Ford and Prince Charles.  The students have performed with Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, and many other incredible musicians. They have opened the Playboy Jazz Festival four times and traveled to Cuba, Brazil, Spain, and New York.

He has an MA in Music Education and a MA in Trumpet Performance.

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