When I began my fall semester a few weeks ago, I told my students that they could each earn their own Erasable Highlighter to use in their home practice time if they demonstrated that they were practicing well at home (see this post to read how I tested these awesome tools). I then sent home a list of ways that I would be able to tell that they were indeed ”practicing smartly” as I called it. I was wondering if you all would help me add to this list other things that you look for to tell if your students are practicing smartly?
How does my teacher know I am “practicing smartly?”
- I will be able to play my piece like I have been asked (Counting out loud, Correct notes, Musically, etc.)
- My music will be marked up in the places I had trouble during the week (Circles around missed notes; Circles around overlooked details like staccatos, dynamics; Counts written in when I’ve had trouble, etc.
- I will be able to play my piece or a part of my piece with few or no mistakes.
- I will be able to play my piece musically because I will be paying attention to the details. (Or adding musical details of my own that make sense.)
- I will write short notes in my practice journal about my goals and what I did that day.
What else would you add?