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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

{piano practice points system}

I'm a piano teacher.

I'm also a mom with kids taking lessons, and I understand how hard it can be trying to help motivate kids to practice. 

I started playing when I was 4 years old, and though I loved it, I remember having a hard time sitting down to practice when it was nice outside, or when I had a good book calling my name.
I totally get it...on all levels. 

Years ago I created a piano points chart--a system to give kids a little extra motivation to practice, and small rewards for working hard and doing well. It works for everyone, because you can adjust the requirements and rewards not only for age levels, but for individual needs as well. Giving them a reachable goal has been very successful.

It's simple. Each week they can earn points for:  practicing every day, passing off songs, playing their scales (which isn't always fun, and doesn't always get done), going the extra mile, and any individual things they need to work on. Along with the parents, I create a reward system using point levels. I start out small--the first level is often their favorite candy bar, or choosing something from my prize basket.  The top prize can be anything the parent and child decide on--from getting to choose a new book, to a sleepover with friends, to a date night with mom and dad, to a new toy. I like to have the whole process take about 12 weeks--long enough to have to work toward something, but not so long that it seems out of reach.  The amount of points can differ, but I usually do 5 points per item per week, with a total possible of 25 points. The top prize requires 250 points, or 10 weeks.  The other levels are at each 50 point mark, which helps keep them focused and excited about what's coming. 

I have used it for a long a time, and I love what it has done for me as a teacher, and as a mom, so I wanted to share it with you today!  I created a piano points chart you can print off and do one of the following:

-frame, and use it as a dry erase board (write points in squares)
-use stickers/labels in each square
-write points in each square

I also created a sheet of labels (using 1 x 2.63 labels) you can print off and either use for this chart, or anything else you like!

Download links:



Blogger Trina Curran said...

Oh I wish you lived close so my little girl could come for lessons! :)

May 26, 2011 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

I also teach lessons, have for about 8 years and I'm always looking for new things or something to make it fun for my private students. This sounds great, thanks!! Do you have any other great resources for me?? :)

May 26, 2011 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

This would have worked so well for my kids. I love it.

I bet you are an amazing teacher.

May 26, 2011 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Coffee Queen said...

I love this. You should make different ones for different instruments. I have a piano and violin player and this would be perfect for them.

May 26, 2011 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 5 post on May. 26, 2011. Thanks again.

May 26, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I love this! I am also a teacher and know exactly what you mean! This will work perfect! Thanks! :)

May 26, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Love it. Today and yesterday's post, total interest points. Thanks!

May 26, 2011 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Shalet said...

I am not a teacher, but am trying to teach my kids. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

May 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Thank you so much! This is exactly what we need at our house to encourage the kids to practice a little bit better. Thanks for sharing it with us!

May 26, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Alia Dalwai said...


I follow your blog! I really like your posts! Good job!

Could you please stop by my blog too?


May 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Richins Family said...

Thanks for the ideas. I am a little dissapointed that to download your point sheet you have to be a facebook user. That is o.k. though. We will use your ideas and make our own. Thanks for the tips.

June 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Love this! I would have been much more motivated by this chart as a child!

I'm going to post it on my blog as a great way to motivate your child! :)

Thank you!

July 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger Anna Beth said...

So I have to pay for the chart? Scribd wouldn't let me download it unless I paid for a premium membership.

September 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM  

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