This year I wanted to target what it takes to be a focused, well-trained performer and I wanted to encourage my students to do more performing over all! With all that in mind, I came up with...
A Star is Born! Playing Your Way to Fame!
While it tracks practice time, it also leads students to 5 large stars that require them to "dig" a bit deeper and work on their skills and musical knowledge. In between there are smaller stars they acheive when they complete their required practice minutes.
Here's a closer look at each of the larger stars:
After again completing 5 more practice stars, students reach A STAR-STUDDED STAFF. Here we will work specifically on identifying notes on the staff (or for beginners - key names). Goals for this area may be to learn all the notes on the treble clef or bass clef, say all the notes on the grand staff in less than a minute or to work on identifying intervals quickly.
Next is FAMOUS CLEBRITY COMPOSERS! Here students will have to pick composers packets to work on. This is also where we will focus on what it took for composers to become famous and accomplished.
Each time a student completes a large star, they will be given a "ticket" to put in the studio popcorn bucket. They will also be given a charm for completing the challenge.
They will also be able to put a ticket in the bucket each time they perform during the year. To encourage them to perform more for family, friends, at school, at church, etc. part of the incentive this year includes an Autograph book.
Here's a look at a page in the autograph book. This is where a student accumulates signatures or autographs as they perform for others. There are a few rules that go along with this though! They can only collect an autograph from a family member once a month and can only get one signature per performance opportunity! All of this is outlined in their instruction book.
Group lessons become easy to plan with this program because each of the areas on the gameboard will also be the outline for the group lessons. We will work on rhythm, note ID, theory, technique, and learn about composers and how to perform. At each group lesson, I will pull out a ticket or two from the popcorn bucket and if the student attends the group lesson and their name is drawn, they will be able to pick from a bucket of prizes.
Of course, all of this is highlighted at our spring recital where we will attend "The Academy Awards" ! There will be lots of decorations, glamour, performances and of course, an Oscar or two! If you are interested in using this program in your studio this year, you can find all the printables on my website here. There is an individual game board, instruction booklet (printed on the front and back side of two pages), the autograph book and tickets you can use if you would rather not purchase them.