I had many titles for this blog post...
New Practice Log for Music Students...
Stop Fighting With Your Students Over Practice...
Oh No, Not the "P"Word!...
...but I went with "How I Got My Music Students To Practice Everything I Assigned" because that was the driving force behind today's resource.
My Students' Practice Problem
My students would always do really well in their lessons and would have a strong understanding of the concepts, techniques, and pieces. What they didn't always understand was exactly what to practice and how to practice it when they got home.
We all know what happens when kids don't know what to do. They do Nothing!
Okay, to be fair, a lot of them tried their best, but they wouldn't consistently complete everything.
So, I started looking around for some practice logs that I could use to write out their lessons.
My Practice Log Problem
I've tried dozens of practice logs over the years none of them fit my or my students' needs. They were either too complicated for my young learners, required a lot of paper, required a lot of ink or required a lot of extra prep work on my part.
I wanted something simple, economical, effective, and fun. So I created my own!
Simple and Economical Practice Logs
Each page contains enough space for you to write as much or as little for your students. It has room for the date and a place for your students to track their practice.
If you print front to back, a single page fits a full month of practice logs in black & white, saving you paper and ink!
These practice logs can be printed bi-weekly, monthly, or annually depending on your needs.
Effective and Fun Practice Logs
I don't know about you, but I have students who will "practice" the piece that they're best at or will focus so hard on mastering 1 piece that they neglect everything else.
I make a point to emphasize the statement that is written below each tracker: "Color in a _______ (the image changes weekly) each time you complete ALL assignments."
If they don't complete EVERYTHING, they can't color the image. And if they do, they'll be reminded about how to use the practice log at their next lesson.
Do you use practice logs with your students? What have you found to be the most effective way of having your students track their own practice? Let's keep the conversation going in the comments!