12 Ways to Motivate Students to Practice

I recently had the opportunity to write an article in the August issue of The Piano Bench Magazine. If you don’t currently get this magazine, please check it out. It is a quick read and has valuable articles, tips, reviews and more- all related to piano pedagogy. The Piano Bench Magazine is available in the iTunes store and Google Play store where you can read it on your iPad or Tablet. 12 Ways to Motivate Students to Practice When students hear the word “practice” is there an automatic let down or does the word create more positive feelings? Let’s face it; […]

Purposeful Practice

  One of my favorite things to talk about and create things for is practice. I’ve created lots of different practice tools for my students over the years after all it is something they must do if they want to get better, right? I think one reason I find the subject so fascinating is that despite all our efforts as teachers, there is still those students that just don’t do it. Why do you think that is? Well we can spend quite a bit of time speculating and as we know the reasons will vary depending on the student. But […]

Motivating Practice Over the Summer

  It’s summer! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the pools are glistening and vacations are long overdue. So how do we keep students motivated to practice over the summer when what they really need is a break? Breaks allow us to re-energize, re-assess, rejuvenate. Do you see a theme going on here? Breaks are healthy. My students need them and I know for a fact that I need them. While I would hope my students do play over the summer, I don’t expect practice to be the quantity/quality it usually is. Sometimes they surprise me though and […]

Creative Practice Tools and Ideas

Practice! When you hear the word practice what is the first adjective you usually think about?  Is it work, fun, boring, tedious, joyful? Practice, is usually a word that is usually dreaded among students. Yet, it is an important word. It’s what allows us to grow, get better at, progress and improve. So what can we do to make practicing more fun and efficient with our students? I wanted to share some creative practice tools and ideas. Hopefully there is at least one that will inspire you and help motivate your students to enjoy the process of practicing! Practice Kits Back in […]

A Sneak Peak of this Years Practice Incentive Program!

It’s the 3rd week in the #TpTChallenge and this week is Make Your Masterpiece! I gave a little spoiler when I was on The Modern Musicians Show with Colin Thomson the other day so I thought I would give even more today! As most of you know I have been diligently working hard on this years theme. I still have a couple weeks to polish it off, but I am just so darn excited I can’t WAIT until lessons begin! This year students will be going on a story-based quest where they will complete challenges along the way. EVERYTHING you […]

Practice+ App Review and Giveaway!

Practice+ developed by Dynamic App Design is a new app available for musicians. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ( iOS 7.0 or later), Practice+ is meant to be a complete toolkit for practicing and performing. There are some neat tools that are included in this app. Very first recommendation I have for you is to use this app in landscape mode simply by turning your device… more options and information will be easily available in this mode. First you can change the color of the app, which is a fun little tool. My favorite color is purple so I switched mine to […]

Be Our Guest: Can my iPad REALLY be used for piano practice? SERIOUSLY-REALLY?

You are in for a fun treat with our guest blogger today. Becki Laurent is full of positive energy and is a big proponent of staying relevant with our students. She offers some great tips on what she has used successfully with her students including her own kids. Enjoy today’s post… I’m a piano teacher.  I’ve been a tech girl since I was 3.  I had a Merlin. Do you remember that? It was red and looked like an old cell phone? My mom tells the story that on my 6th Christmas as I was opening my presents I said to […]

Reach Beyond the Stars- A Practice Incentive Program

I’m excited to announce that I have completed my new incentive program for this year! A lot of hours went into developing this program and I can confidently say that it is OUT OF THIS WORLD! As students practice they will make their way throughout the solar system reaching beyond the stars. When they land or pass a planet they will complete mission assignments and advance ranks. If you have students who love space themes, (boys especially!) they will really enjoy this program. It is a motivating program that encourages students to want to practice so they can progress along with their […]

Review: 101 Practice Tips

The subject of practicing is one that I have always been fascinated with and in turn have read and used many resources. I have even done a practicing camp session with my students a couple times and highly recommend doing something like it with your students. There are many great materials out there on practicing, but I haven’t come across anything as family friendly as a new book by Tracy Capps Selle called 101 Practice Tips. 101 Practice Tips has tips that will help a brand new student to a student that have been taking lessons for years. It is not […]

Tech Tuesday: Practice Champ

Have you heard of Practice Champ? I hadn’t either until recently when another teacher I know posted the link to this website. I found the concept interesting and wanted to share it to see what you thought. Practice Champ was created, founded, and operated by Iced Pita Music Lessons, the husband and wife team of Tyson Marquardt and Heidi Yost-Marquardt from Thousand Oaks, California. Practice Champ is an online tool to help music teachers, students and parents monitor assignments and track practice time in a way that is fun and rewarding. Students and teacher can see a weekly summary of the practicing. […]