Our incentive program for the year has been CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! You can read about it here. Besides the mystery aspect of this program, each student chose 1 of 6 characters (aka composers) to be throughout the game and through the year. In addition to using the character as a game piece, they've been doing a bit of research on them.
Each student was able to chose from the following characters - Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Scott Joplin, Franz Liszt and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I didn't care which one they chose or how many Beethovens we had versus Debussys. I just wanted them to chose one they were interested in or one that sparked their excitement.
Then we began the process of learning about each of our characters. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use Joy's composer lap books. These are WONDERFUL and if you haven't checked them out yet, I highly endorse them! Throughout the year, during a few minutes of lesson time once a month, each of my students have done a bit of a craft project and "cut and pasted" in their lap books.
What I love the most is that because each of my students were able to choose their composer, they are much more excited to learn about them! They ask me almost every week if they can do more activities with their composer lap books and listen to more music!
To culminate all of this learning, they will each play a piece from their composer at our spring recital in June. It's also our award's night so each of the students who made it through the entire incentive program will receive (shh...secret stuff here!) a composer statue of their character!
If you've been using CATCH ME IF YOU CAN! in your studio this year, I would love for you to share how it's been working for you and your students!