If you are looking for a way to ensure that your band student is practicing (and enjoying it!), then please check out this resource.
SmartMusic is a software application for computer or iPad that displays music in real time on screen and plays the music with the student, while they can play their part. It is almost like a video game for practicing music.
A good majority of what we play in class, especially for 6th and 7th graders, is on SmartMusic software. Students can also search for popular movie songs and solos.
I strongly recommend checking out this software. A students subscription is only $40 per YEAR! This is a GREAT way for students to get more excited about practicing.
Please see the link to the SmartMusic webpage below: