This week's challenges will be determined individually in each lesson: most students will be assigned note identification practice (flash card drills) at their level.
If you did not complete the first assignment (practice schedule, log, and journal), you can still bring it to lesson #3 for credit!
Level 1: Create a weekly schedule that shows when your practice will take place each day. You can make it very detailed (showing times that you are in school, doing homework, or engaged in other activities) or simply demonstrate your piano practice time. The goal is to have an agreed-upon piano practice schedule. It can evolve over the course of the year (e.g. as sports change) but there should be no question as to when piano practice will happen... It will make it MUCH easier on everyone (especially parents having to remind students to practice). Bring this to your lesson. Younger students will need help with this!
Level 2: Level 1 PLUS log your practice times this week (those who have a notebook: there is a log at the bottom of the page). For some young beginners, I will give them two points for this as they are not ready for the journal option below!
Level 3: Level 2 PLUS keep a practice journal (HOW did you practice? How did you problem solve? What questions came up and how did your approach change through the week? How can I help?).
If you really want to get into it and try a practice journal for the year, here's a good summary of what you might include: https://www.modacity.co/blog/note-taking-tips-for-musicians/
Elizabeth Borowsky is a pianist, teacher, and composer. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano (Music Teachers National Association).