I have developed 5 new challenges to help my students achieve better practice habits while perfecting scales and chords, technique, note reading and sight reading. These challenges will help them reach goals and will help them to be more confident in performance.
They will receive stickers, badges and their name entered on the challenge boards of their choice.
I have created them to be fun and educational with a little bit of competition in mind. They are also designed to compliment the pieces they are to practice each week.
Below is a list of the challenges and how they each one works. They are designed based on the level of each child so as not to pressure them.
100 Day and 50 Day Challenge: This is for kids 7-18. They practice their piece each week for 50 or 100 days straight. Weekends excluded for 50 day and Sunday's excluded for 100 day. One Parent has to initial the progress sheet each day. If they complete the challenge they chose without missing a day, they receive a badge and get their name on the 50 or 100 day practice piece boards.
20 Day Challenge: This is for kids 5-7. They practice their piece each week for 20 days. NOTE: I only require the Wunderkeys kids to practice their pieces at least 4 days each week. So they do the challenge for 20 days, only 4 days a week, with Weekends excluded. One parent has to initial the progress sheet each day. If they complete the challenge without missing a day, they receive a badge and get their name on the 20 day piece practice piece board.
There are 3 levels to this challenge. Apprentice, Superstar and Master. They start off with apprentice and they have to be able to read the notes from the flashcards I hold up and find them on the keyboard within 60 seconds. They have to do this 5 lessons in a row here in the studio. If they complete the challenge, then they can move to the next level.
Each level has different notes and is a little bit harder. They receive a badge for every level completed.
Kids will only be challenged on the level where they are at. This way, the Wunderkeys kids can participate.
This challenge is done from the wheel of the circle of 5th's. Each wheel has a set of 12 scales either in major or minor or both. The student must master at least 6 scales on the wheel to receive a badge. They must do each scale 3 times in a row in the studio at 80 b.p.m on the metronome before they can move to the next scale. They get a sticker for every scale they master. If they complete 6 scales on the wheel, they can move to the next wheel. They will only be able to complete 1 wheel per semester doing only 6 scales. They can also focus on completing a whole wheel in one year before moving onto another wheel.
Kids will only be challenged on the scale level where they are at. This way, the Wunderkeys kids can participate.
When the student comes into class, they will sit down to the short, easy sight-reading piece that I have chosen for them and they will play it as close to perfect as they can get. Mistakes are allowed. They cannot practice these pieces. For students 7-11, they must do this at least 40 times in a row here in the studio. If they master all 40 pieces they receive a badge.
The Wunderkeys Primer kids, ages 5-7, are only required to do 10 short easy sight-reading pieces in a row. If they master all 10 pieces, they receive a badge.
Students, ages 7-11, need to practice the simple technique that I choose from their technique books and perform those techniques for me while playing their pieces. When they complete a unit from their book, they will receive a sticker. When they complete a whole technique book, they will receive a badge.
The Wunderkeys Primer kids, ages 5-7, will have 10 techniques that they must perform for me to receive a badge.