In the 1800s the term “scrap book” was first used to define “a book with blank pages for pasting items into.”
For this Music Practice Game, we are going to use a book with blank pages to create a fun visual representation of what the music student achieves aurally during their music practice sessions.
What you need:
- a blank paper scrap book (like those found at school stationery suppliers)
- stickers and/or stamps
- one music student
- your music instrument
- the piece of music you are working on
- open to a new blank page in your scrap book and put the date on the top
- identify the piece of music, bar, passage or exercise that your teacher wants you to practise most
- begin by playing through the identified practice once, correctly and beautifully
- upon completion of the correct and beautiful repetition, place a stamp or sticker on the page
- keep practising the bar, passage, exercise or piece, placing a stamp of stick on the page for each correct and beautiful repetition
- see if you can get more of the page filled each time you practise
- Put the name of the piece, bar number, exercise or passage at the the top of the page and then the date for each practice to get a visual reminder of your progress.
- Decide at the start of your practise how many stamps or stickers you are aiming for today and see if you can complete that many correct and beautiful repetitions.
- Count how many stamps or stickers you achieved during your last practice and try to get just one more.
Time for Reflection
This really is a great way to represent visually what your student has accomplished aurally through time. Especially when they are feeling frustrated with their progress, this becomes a wonderful tool for reflection and helps to build confidence and resilience.