Summer Practice Challenge

We’re excited to announce this week’s post is by guest blogger Alexa Madison, owner of Piano Language and piano teacher in Arizona, USA. She shares her insights and tactics for encouraging and motivating students to practise over the summer months.

‘A problem that many teachers face during the summer is that students take breaks and other students don’t practice. I believe that the summer is actually the BEST time to practice because of the free time and no stress. That is why I created a practice challenge for my students that is ONLY used during the summer. I call it the “Summer Practice Challenge”.

My practice challenge consists of a list of things for the student to do at home like pieces, theory, and more. I print off the worksheet for each student and they take it home. Every week that they bring it, I check off anything that they have completed. Any student who finishes the check-list wins a prize. The student to finish first gets a big prize (which can include anything like toys, candy, etc.)!

I used this challenge in 2018 and 2019 and my students loved the competition to win first! As one of the prizes for winning, I took a photo of the student with a sign saying that they have completed the challenge. I posted the photos on my website and Facebook page (with the parent’s permission). Here was our happy winner of 2019’s Summer Practice Challenge!

My studio is known for its practice challenges and competitions. My students all love the excitement and pressure to win.

I write many other blogs about challenges, teaching ideas, and resources on my website. If you would like to see my other blogs, click here.

Thank you for reading!’

– Alexa Madison

Piano Language

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