From time to time, students get into a bit of a practice rut. It’s not that they’re not practising, but sometimes the day-to-day and week-to-week can start to become a slog. And we can see it in their faces, and how much they’re actually achieving during that practice time.
When this starts to happen for your students, it’s time to mix things up.
Practice Bingo can help with that. This fun sheet can provide your students with a change of pace, and make practice seem fresh and exciting again.
Hopefully, the variety will also carry through to after your Practice Bingo week is over. The more varied your students’ practice is, the more awake they will be during that time.
Practice Bingo for Break Weeks
My students have a two-week break right now, which is a perfect opportunity for a practice challenge like this. Having different ideas and tasks, in a fun format, means they’re more likely to do some practice over their break.
If you’re challenging your students to get “bingo”, you might want to provide a little incentive for them to do so. I prefer not to offer physical prizes in my studio, but I do like to give fun rewards that are also beneficial, such as:
- Student-led lessons: Let them pick what the lesson structure/order is for that lesson.
- Games only lesson: What kiddo wouldn’t want an entire lesson of games, games, games!
- Extra Piano Maestro time: If students don’t have an iPad at home, or take a longer overlapping lesson format, they don’t get a lot of time to really explore this wonderful app. This is a great opportunity to give them 10 minutes of lesson time just to have some sight-reading fun.
Of course, you don’t have to offer a prize like this at all. But it might be the cherry on top that means your student stays at the piano for an extra half an hour that week. 🙂
Download Practice Bingo
There are two versions included in this download:
- Page 2 is a complete Practice Bingo sheet with a variety of prompts.
- Page 3 is a blank version that I have included so that you can come up with your own practice tasks to suit your students.
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14 thoughts on “Surprise Your Piano Students with a Practice Bingo Week”
Great teaching ideas!
Thank you Christy!
Great idea, thank you!!
You’re welcome 🙂
As usual. just good sense with an element of fun…you are a real treat
I’m going to try this with one of my students today. I know she struggles with her practice so hopefully this can give her some inspiration!
I like this idea, Nicola. Totally going to give this a try! And I like that idea of instead of giving a physical prize, that they can pick a type of lesson to have. Hmm…..maybe I can put different type of lesson ideas all in a jar and they can pick one out (includes an element of surprise). Thanks!
Sounds great! Have fun! 😀
I love this idea and want to use it with my students. I subscribed by entering my email, but haven’t recieved an email with the file. Will it come in an email or do I need to download it somewhere else?
Thanks so much! 🙂
It will come in an email Savannah. Please check your spam/junk folder as the form seems to be working fine.
Nice idea! Useful not only fo piano lessons.
I wander how the students choose what to do from the bingo. They just pick what they like? Or they roll the dice? Could you please write how do you use this sheet?
They do one task at a time and the goal is to get them all crossed off. It’s their choice what order they do them in.