Teaching SMART Goals (Music Teacher Tip #33)

Lesson resources, Practice, Tips

A couple weeks ago, I shared a post on Teaching SMART Goals. Shortly after I published that post, I realized that I really wanted to do an official music teacher tip on this subject. In this tip on teaching SMART goals, I go through what the acronym S.M.A.R.T. means and how you can teach them to your students. And then I go even further, sharing 5 different student examples ranging in different ages. I thought the examples would be helpful so you can see what some of the student goals might look like. When I read through their goals, it also helps me know if they understood the goal setting process fully.

S.M.A.R.T. means…

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

Remember, it’s not enough to tell students to set a SMART goal. We must teach them how to set a goal. And likewise, we need to be part of that follow up. Watch music teacher tip #33 below.

I created a free SMART Goals resource that will help you through the process of teaching SMART goals with your students. It includes slides, worksheets and poster for question prompts. I hope you find it helpful.

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Are your students in a practice slump? Join me Feb. 15th in a free webinar hosted by Tonara. I am a big advocate of making practice fun but efficient. Goals are always the key player. In this webinar, I will be going over some of the ways that we can kick those goals into high gear and finish the academic year strong!


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