If you don’t teach lessons or have a lighter schedule in the summer months then you’ll be familiar with this annual quandary: how do I keep my students practising during the break?
My favourite way to tackle this issue is to send my students on a practice quest.
The quest is a list of fun and out-of-the-ordinary practice tasks accompanied by a colour your way to success picture. In this year’s practice quest I’ve chosen a mountain so that students can colour their way up to the peak. 🙂
Practice Quest Tasks
Here are the suggested practice tasks included in the quest:
- Learn a new piece that you didn’t work on in lessons yet.
- Play 5 of your favourite pieces that you learnt this year.
- Learn 3 facts about a famous composer.
- Practise naming notes using flashcards or an app.
- Listen to or watch 5 pieces by Debussy.
- Teach a grown-up one of your favourite pieces.
- Play all the scales you know so far.
- Improvise music that sounds like your favourite animal.
- Teach one of your pieces to a friend.
- Listen to or watch 3 pieces by Bach.
- Find 5 music terms in your book that you don’t know, and look up what they mean.
- Complete 3 pages in your theory workbook.
- Video record one of your pieces and send it to a friend or family member.
- Have a Skype concert! Call someone and play for them.
- Compose a piece about the weather outside.
- Write a poem and compose a rhythm to match (draw the notes above the words).
- Listen to or watch 4 pieces by Mozart.
- Learn a new scale that your teacher hasn’t shown you yet.
- Try to play the very last piece in your book.
- Go back and play the first 10 pieces you ever learnt.
Feel free to take this idea and come up with your own tasks that suit your studio.
A Quest for All Occasions
Unlike the 2016 summer quest and 2017 summer quest, I have made no mention in this practice quest to the summer.
This was at the special request of a Vibrant Music Teaching member from New Zealand but I think it will make it more adaptable even if you’re not in that hemisphere. You can use this for any teaching break at all and it should work great.
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How do you keep your students practising during a break?
Tell us what works for you in the comments below or in the Vibrant Music Studio Teachers group on Facebook.