What is a Practice Journal?
- Do you know the #1 reason why students quit taking music lessons? More than any other reason, students choose to stop learning music because they don't enjoy practicing. And how can they enjoy music practice, when it so often becomes an impersonal chore that must be completed with very little follow-up or excitement.
What if music practice were part an exciting journey that students were dying to share? That is exactly what can happen when students use a practice journal to record their journey and share it with their teacher every week.
Each day, students record what they explored during their music practice. This can include a quick list of which scales and pieces they practiced, or an outline of specific measures they focused on that day.
Next, students will record any questions or trouble spots they discovered during their music practice. This provides an opportunity for students to share musical challenges with their teacher and helps the student know they are being heard. Recording questions and challenges also helps students develop critical-thinking strategies as they explore music.
Lastly, students will record their "Ah-Hah" Moments. This is one of my favorite parts of the practice journal because students have the chance to record something exciting they have discovered about music and share it with their teacher. Although this can be a challenge for some students at first, it quickly develops into an open dialogue between the student and teacher about what the student loves about music. Recording the "Ah-Hah" Moments brings a whole new light and excitement to music practice.
- By using a practice journal, you can turn your music practice into an amazing musical journey to record and share!
© 2014 Julie Hausen Music