What is the Music Method Practice Journal?
It’s a fun, bright and beautifully illustrated journal to bring joy to music practice and encourage a student-led approach to learning. It was designed by a teacher who very much wanted to encourage her students to be active, eager participants in their own learning!
How does it work?
The design has purposefully been kept simple and flexible, allowing teachers to decide how best to use the journal with their own students. It boils down to four main elements that can be used in endless ways:
- Aim(s): The student comes up with their own aim(s) between lessons. This is at the heart of Music Method: students taking charge of their own lessons from a young age and being active learners, as opposed to passive recipients of musical wisdom!
- Log: A simple ‘log’ to indicate how many times they practiced between lessons. A ‘don’t break the chain’ goal can be quite helpful and motivate children to practice consistently.
- Best Bit: The student chooses the thing they are most proud of achieving since the last lesson. To start positively and with an optimistic mindset, it can be good to start each lesson with the student’s favourite achievement.
- Rewards Chart: For those who respond well to goals, stickers and charts (and really, who doesn’t love stickers?) there is a rewards chart to track students’ hard work and commitment. As with every component, this is a simple, non-prescriptive chart and each student might ‘earn’ rewards for whatever area of their music-making might need that little bit of extra encouragement: a certain number of practices per week, memorising a scale, getting through a piece – whatever does the trick!
Why would I want my child/student to use this Practice Journal?
The journal has been made to encourage a student-led approach to learning music and to encourage active participation in lessons. Students who use the journal regularly are thinking about their own learning (metacognition, if you will), setting their own goals and are involved in a continuous process of self-evaluation. It’s a tool that they can take ownership of and empowers them to aspire to improve their music-making from a young age.
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Who is the artist?
The adorable woodland music creatures of the journal (who also pop up in a myriad of Music Method Resources) were designed by the wonderful Joy over at bonitajoy.com.
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