Practice Incentive Programs | Part 2

Music Resource Roundup, Practice

This is part 2 highlighting practice incentive programs that I have available. Many have their own blog post and/or video, so if you are interested in a particular one you can take a deeper look. If you missed Part 1 you can find the link at the end of this post.


An amazing incentive program! Great books for the students to keep track of where they are in the program. Super fun games (our studio-wide favorite that we still play LONG after the incentive was over is Niddy Noddy Rhythm Wars)! Great composition ideas. Jennifer’s Quest for the Magical Lute goes WAY beyond a traditional incentive program. Students loved the challenge cards, the Dragon Scales challenge and so much more! An AMAZING program that I am saving to use again in a couple of years! Thank you, Jennifer, for putting together a program that made me a hero and the talk of the town with parents!Mae

The Magical Lute: A Musical Quest is a year-long incentive program for students that will keep them engaged and practicing. Students will literally be transported into another time through story telling and narrated challenges. Huzzah!

Challenges cover-

  • Medieval Music History/Instruments
  • Rhythm
  • Performance and Musicianship Skills
  • Scales
  • Phrasing
  • Note Reading
  • Articulation
  • Composition

Challenges can be adapted based on student needs. Some challenges are open in how you want to have students accomplish them.

Please take note from the video below that Aurasma is no longer available. The challenge cards are now scanned via QR Code.

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“Another terrific practice incentive programme from Jennifer. I was excited to discover her work. They’re so engaging and are bound to appeal to students. Who doesn’t want to be a star? Glad to have this in my arsenal of teaching tricks that make me look like a STAR!! Thank you!” Flora L.

You’re A Star is a “Hollywood” themed practice incentive program. The goal for “You’re A Star” is two-fold. 1) For students to be more focused and productive during their practice time. 2) To provide a creative outlet.

In the You’re a Star program, STAR is an acronym that will give students specific guidelines to practice by. Each acronym is an actionable step for them to take that will require a little more effort than some might have taken previously. If these steps are taken seriously (and there will be accountability in order to pass a STAR off), then I predict students will have more focused and purposeful practice sessions and will soar.

In addition, because I want to provide a creative outlet, I also have my students complete creative challenges throughout the program as they progress. These challenges encourage students to get “out of the box” and play creatively.

The last thing I wanted to focus on, which goes hand in hand with both goals, is to have students reflect on different aspects of their music studies. These reflections range from motivational, creativity, performance and practice.

If the “You’re A Star!” program is something that interests you, please take a moment to watch this “Behind the Scenes” look at what is included in the program.


“My inspiration has never lacked using Jennifer’s inspired tools! I’m excited to reach for the stars with this practice incentive. Thank you for taking all the work out of it for me! Worth every penny!” Barbara G.

Your students will think this program 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 peers.


Quite creative! Love to have different incentives to use with my students!” Mendy G.

Abracadabra! Ala Kazoo! Looking for a little MAGIC in your studio this year? Magic of Music is a year-long incentive program for students. This was the first incentive program that I made available in my store many years ago.

Students will learn all the secrets to making magic with their music. Students will begin their magical journey as an Apprentice with opportunities for advancement.

Students will be asked to stretch themselves and learn how to make magic through their music. Through 5-star lessons, transforming their pieces through musicality and exploration, students will be earning points. There will be some secret bonus tricks such as “Juggling”, “Vanishing Act” or a “Card Trick” that students can complete for extra points.

As students collect points, they will have the opportunity to advance to the top level as a Sage musician.


“I used Piano Karate in my studio last year to help motivate my students to practice more and improve their music skills like ear-training, theory and note-reading. It far surpassed my expectations, many more hours were practiced, and my students are even asking what incentive program will be used next fall. I can’t wait to try Jennifer’s Magic of Music!” Claire W.

Piano Karate is a free yearly incentive program. Similar to the karate program, students pass off stripe tests. Once they pass off their 3 stripe tests in a particular category they advance to the next category working towards their black belt.

I give my students Piano Karate Badges, then they add ribbons to their badge when they pass off a ‘belt’. They display the badge on their piano bag. The thumbnail shows what the badges look like when displayed with ribbons.

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