I ask my students to practice at least 5 days per week. When practice is failing, or becomes tiresome, a practice challenge can help.
These two 5-Day Challenges each contain 5 different ways to practice. Do the days in any order you like, and check them off once you've done them.
Click here to download the Challenges.
My students often skip out dynamics, repeat signs and slurs. Sometimes they take breaks where there are no rests. Other times they skip out the rests and just keep playing.
Music Memos are a cute way of reminding students of things they sometimes forget. These colorful little stickers are neater than my handwriting and are small enough to stick onto the music book without obscuring the music.
I print them on Avery Easy Peel Return Address Labels 8195 (60 labels per sheet) and keep them handy so I can peel them off and stick on the page whenever I need to.
I encourage my students to overcome difficult passages of music by repeating them over and over. This suggestion is usually greeted with a frown or a groan ... or both!
So I have been "sweetening" the repetition pot with colored paper chains.
I ask the student to repeat the difficult section x times each day, and to remove a link from the paper chain for each repetition. By the time he returns for his next lesson, all the links should be gone, and the "difficult section" should now be an "easy section".
This works a treat, and for holidays such as Valentine's Day, Christmas or Thanksgiving, using colored-heart or Christmas tree paper chains is a nice change from the usual circular ones.