This is your Brain… on Music. Our studio incentive program for this year is off to a fine (well, slow – my fault) start this year. I have FINALLY got the pages in everyone’s binder. I printed this on 2 sheets of cardstock and inserted them in page protectors, with concrete goals for each section.
The big question at the beginning of the year was what students could do to get prizes (junk from the dollar store). Big question on their part, not mine. Seems I’ve trained them that way. So I decided to give them a star for every small goal and once there are 5 in one section, they get to delve into the Treasure Box.
Most of the goals are things we’ll take care of in lessons or classes – they’ll end up being covered in the weekly assignments. The goals I’ve decided on for each section:
Technique Patterns: tied to the exam requirements for those in the graded books; for those in the method books – either all the major and minor pentascales, or the 2-octave major scales starting on white notes (and a few minors), along with the triads and hand-over-hand arpeggios for the same keys.
Rhythm packets: mostly worksheets from Wendy Stevens’ vast resources.
Sight-reading goals: to be done at the lesson; I’ve said 25-30 pieces to allow for one a week throughout the year. I figure it counts if they adequately read through a brand new piece that is just being assigned.
How FULL can you stuff your brain? We’ll fill out My Top 5 List some time in spring.
Listening goals: I really want the students from a young age to listen to some classical music. I wrote down a goal of listening to 3 different movements from Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns). We’ll listen to one when we have Performance Classes next week, then they can listen to 2 more on their own.
Another way to get a star in this section is to listen attentively in the classes (pure bribery). Included in this section – for the youngest students – being able to identify major and minor chords and scales and do some simple playbacks; for students in the grades – the required ear tests for their level.
Creative project: this is where it can get fun. I’m leaving it to the students to decide – suggestions on the printed sheet are Youtube video, composer bio, composition, art project or creating your own project. The fun part is seeing what sparks each student. One student was so excited she already did her project – which is now hanging in the studio. This is what it’s all about.
This incentive is the creation of Jennifer Fink at Pianimation.