Practice Report

Practice Report
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Let's admit it, practicing is not always the best of experiences especially when you have to practice on your own. I never liked it and have never developed the best self discipline in practicing even now as an adult involved in music for over 20 years. So expecting my students to practice and practice well is tough for me given my own practicing issues. But I have seen first hand how drastically my students can improve their playing and performances in a matter of days when they are determined to get better.

My first practice reports were simple, just the date, length of time, and a parent signature. Wanting to get my students thinking about what they were doing in practice time. Some of my students who were not improving could not tell me why, except that they weren't practicing well.

As I worked to improve my expectations of their practicing I came up with this basic report. Students log their practice time and then write what skill or piece of music they improved upon followed by what they need to keep working on for their next practice session.

This also served as good evidence to why certain students did not show improvement because their practice reports were not showing that they were trying different approaches to their practicing or applying the skills from class into their practicing.

There are two practice reports on the page to save paper. I give my students a practice time of 15 - 30 minutes and one practice day over the weekend. They get a new card at the beginning of each week. My students liked to get them back so they could reference back to what they needed to work on or to see how they were progressing.
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