New Haven Public Schools took a week-long break in February, but some of our Music Haven high school students and their teachers got up early each day for a “Practice Boot Camp.” Each day started off with breakfast together (bagels were a big hit!) and then everyone went right to work. The practice rooms were busy straight through the afternoon.
“It was really nice to be able to practice without being interrupted,” said Noel, who put in three to four hours a day for three days in a row. “I got a lot of good work done for a really long time and it really paid off.”
“They made so much more progress than I thought possible in one week,” said Mr. Gregory, who pushed the start time earlier and earlier each day because the students were beating him to Music Haven’s front door.
Cris said that if it wasn’t for the Practice Boot Camp, he’d be home doing nothing—“except maybe practicing for an hour every day. At home I would never practice for 3 or 4 hours straight,” he said, “but it was actually really fun.”
Noel agreed. “Having people practicing around me was very motivating. It held me to a higher standard.”
Sometimes it’s not easy to practice at home. “If you don’t have an environment that’s quiet,” said Cris, “it’s hard to really focus and get the work done.”