Having a summer practice goal is a wonderful way to keep kids motivated and growing as musicians. It also makes the most of their free time. If you’re interest in taking on this challenge here’s a list of things to consider.


Length of Vacation

The first thing you’ll need to figure out is how many days your child has for summer vacation. Then you can factor in family vacation time and a few full days at the water park. What’s left are the days for the practice challenge.


Practice Goal

There are a variety of goals your can set, including:

a) Practice every day. No set time limit. Just accomplish something.

b) Practice 20 minutes every day. Mark your practice record as students achieve their daily goal.

c) Set a a goal of 25 hours. Some kids might like this best, and have the goal completed in a few weeks.


Practice Charts

We have a collection of free printable practice charts if you’re interested.

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Reward or No Reward

You’ll also need to decide if the reward of becoming a better musician and playing fun songs is reward enough, or should you provide a reward to work toward.

A research study conducted by Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive: The Suprising Truth About What Motivates Us, looked at a group of preschoolers who chose to spend their “free play” time drawing. The researchers divided the students into three groups. The first was the “expected-award” group. They knew they would get something for completing their assigned goal. The second group was the “unexpected-award” group. They would receive a “Good Player” certificate, though wouldn’t know it’s coming. The third group was the “no-award” group. There was no promise of a reward, and nothing was awarded.

Children in the “unexpected-award” and “no-award” groups drew just as much and enjoyed drawing just as much. However, the children who expected to receive an award showed much less interest in drawing spent much less drawing.

Extrinsic rewarded can be great. You’ll just have to decide if they are right for your kids.


Music Student Report Card

Here’s a one page printable report card that will provide teachers with a chance to give quick feedback for students throughout the school year!

Music Student Report Card



Beethoven Bucks

Some kids just love to practice. Others need a bit of external motivation. For the students that need that extra push, MakingMusicFun.net has created the a Music Student Report Card and the Beethoven Bucks Student Incentive Packet.
Beethoven Bucks | Student Incentive Packet




Music Award Certificates

Here a link to a few music award certificate that you may enjoy giving to your student. All of them are free to print.

Music Award Certificates – MakingMusicFun.net

Music Award Certificates – 123Certificates.com

Music Award Certificates – CreativeCertificates.com

5 Free Printable Practice Charts
Choose from 5 free colorful printable practice charts available from MakingMusicFun.net.

A practice chart/record is a wonderful way to encourage practice time. Kids love to be recognized for their effort, whether it be for specific things like memorizing their scales, or for general things like meeting daily practice goals. Let your child add his/her own sticker each time they achieve their goal. Once your child has met their long term goal, shower them with praise. If that doesn’t seem to do the trick, you may have to break out the cookies.

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