Welcome to the Con Brio page of the Lawrence Conservatory Brass and Percussion Department!
Below are some suggested activities for incoming Lawrence brass and percussion students to complete during the summer in preparation for your arrival on campus in September. Doing any or all of these activities will help you understand and develop the habits of thought and practice that are essential for success in the Lawrence Conservatory.
The biggest adjustment for many new students is to learn to treat your instrument, practice, and private lessons like any other academic class. As a music major you will be taking weekly private lessons, attending a weekly studio class with other players of your instrument, playing in the various large ensembles appropriate to your instrument, and perhaps participating in a small chamber ensemble. The practice you will do each day will become a part of your regular schedule. Organizing and maintaining your own schedule is a very important activity you will address at the start of the academic year. While there are many resources at Lawrence to help you learn to do this effectively, Activities 1 and 2 below will give you a good head start.