We have spent a lot of time talking about how more practice is a good goal to set this year and how you can make your practice sessions more effective and even how parents can get involved with practice. Today, we're going to change things up a bit and talk about how practicing can be fun. I've found 3 "games" that you can incorporate into your practice sessions to make your time spent working more fun.

Using Games in Practice Sessions

We have spent a lot of time talking about how more practice is a good goal to set this year and how you can make your practice sessions more effective and even how parents can get involved with practice. Today, we’re going to change things up a bit and talk about how to make practicing fun! I’ve found 3 “games” that you can incorporate into your practice sessions to make your time spent working more fun.

 1. Practice “Cash” This is more of a practice reward system instead of a game, but it will  still be a strong motivator to spending more time with your instrument! All you need is a set of small tokens (beans, buttons, marbles…) which you receive for clocking a certain amount of practice time. What makes this system more exciting is what you do with your practice “cash” after you’ve accumulated a stash of “cash”. These tokens can be traded in for real money, toys, trips even special treats!

2. 5 Penny Practice. All you need for this fun game is 5 pennies. These  pennies need to be placed on the left side of your music stand or instrument. Then you start working. When you play the excerpt of your practice piece with all correct notes and rhythms you move a penny to the right side. If you play through and miss a note or a rhythm- all the pennies you have moved go back to the left side. Your goal is play through your excerpt with no mistakes or missing notes times in a row- so you can move all 5 pennies from the left to the right. [courtesy of www.npr.org/blogs/decpetivecadence]

 3. Hidden Treasure. This game requires partner (a parent, or sibling, or family member) participation. Pick something to hide from your practice partner (a metronome, your practice notebook, your rosin..) Tell your partner what you hid, but not where it is. As your partner searches for your hidden item- play the excerpt you are practicing louder when they get closer and softer when they are farther away. Keep playing until your partner finds your hidden object! [courtesy of www.stephanierailsback.com]

These ideas are a few different ways that you can bring more fun into those practice sessions we want to see more of this year! Happy practicing!

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