Setting rules for practicing instruments

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Setting rules for practicing instruments

When you decide that you are going to have your kid play an instrument, as a parent, you need to figure out what the necessary steps are. You need to know how long the kid should play and what they should practice. Then you should have a discussion with your child that they have to play a certain amount of hours or minutes per day, and how long this is going to last. Will it last a semester? Will it last a year? During that time, if your kids says, "I don't want to practice." I would remind them of the commitment that they made and I would say, "Yes, you have to practice." You have to set a parameter with your kid first, before you would endeavor to tell them they have to practice everyday.

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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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