New: Practice Logs and Charts

June 4th, 2008 by

One of the most common lesson openers we hear as music teachers is the famous line, “I didn’t get to practice much this week…”. It is essential that our students practice if they are to improve in their abilities. But getting them to practice can sometimes be a chore.

How often do your students practice? Is that something you measure or have your students track? How helpful would it be if you could know exactly when your students are practicing, for how long, and what they’ve been working on, even before they come to their lesson? What if you could provide some incentive for your students to practice more?

Music Teacher’s Helper now has a fun way to help your students track their practicing on-line through your studio website. Every student can record when they practiced, for how long, and any details about what they worked on.

But what’s even cooler is that you can see all of this information instantly from your own computer. Music Teacher’s Helper will even draw a bar chart for you showing how much a student has practiced each day.

I’ve heard of some teachers having “practice contests” where the student who practices the most (within their skill level), gets a reward. Music Teacher’s Helper tracks all of this for you and will show you which of your students is the top “practicer” in each skill level.

To view your practice log and practice charts, simply go to the “Students” tab, then click “Practice Log”. You can add practice entries yourself to test it out, or let your students do it. You’ll never be in the dark again about your students’ practicing.

Posted in Practicing, Site Announcements

About the Author

Brandon Pearce
Brandon Pearce is a piano teacher, choral director, computer programmer, and entrepreneur from Murray, Utah, and is also the creator of Music Teacher's Helper.

As his teaching studio grew, he found it increasingly difficult to keep track of how much each student owed. Having recently received a B.S. in Computer Science from Weber State University, he decided to write a web-based computer progr... [Read more]

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