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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Practice Records and Practice Strategies for the Orchestra Classroom

I am always working to motivate my students to practice.  I believe that it is important to use a variety of systems to get students to practice.  Students get bored with filling out the same practice cards or completing the same practice assignments over and over again.  That is why I use many different practicing strategies through-out the school year.

I have created a packet with downloadable resources you can use with your orchestra class.  Included in the packet is a practice sheet, tips for effective practice poster, practice cards that can be stamped by the teacher when practice is completed, 3 different practice assignments, music money, and a GradeCam practice record.

You can now purchase this download HERE or HERE.

This year, my theme for my orchestra classes is "Orchestra Gives You Wings" and I have designed t-shirts with that slogan.  One practice incentive I am doing with my classes is to have them earn pilot wings pins that I ordered from  The pins really turned out looking great and students really want to earn them.  I established 3 requirements and made a bulliton board in my classroom with instructions on how students can earn their wings pins.  The first requirement is for students to practice a minimum of 3 times per week.  The second is for them to watch or attend a concert.  The last requirement is for students to receive at least 50 out of 56 points on every playing test during the term.

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