I changed my award system somewhat this year:
The following 16 Piano Achievement Awards may be earned throughout the piano year. Students must earn 10 of the 16 awards in order to receive the Piano Performance Trophy at the Spring Recital. It could take up to two years to qualify for a trophy, but it is possible to do it in one year.
1. EXCELLENT ATTENDANCE AWARD – Requirement: Attend all scheduled lessons with no absences from September through May.
2. RECITAL PERFORMANCE AWARD – Requirement: Perform in both the Fall and Spring Recitals.
3. BOOK PERFORMANCE AWARD – Requirement: Give a book recital in your home, performing 5 pieces from your current books with at least 5 guests and a program. Have each guest sign your recital program and turn it in at your lesson.
4. MEMORIZATION AWARD – Requirement: Memorize 5 new pieces, starting in September (agreed upon by student and teacher) and perform them at your lesson.
5. PIANO PERFORMANCE AWARD – Requirement: Memorize and perform successfully for at least one of these 3 opportunities – Piano Exam, Piano Contest, or National Guild Auditions.
6. PRAISE & WORSHIP AWARD – Requirement: Use a piano arrangement as a prelude, postlude, or offertory, or play for the congregational singing in a worship service at your church.
7. PIANO POPS AWARD – Requirement: Prepare 5 Pop pieces to performance level to earn this award. NOTE: Pieces may not be used for other awards such as Book Recital or Memorization.
8. PIANO DUET AWARD – Requirement: Record two duets with a partner or teacher.
9. PROFESSIONAL CONCERT AWARD – Requirement: Attend a professional classical concert during the piano year. Bring in your program to receive this award.
10. PIANO PRACTICE AWARD – Requirement: Maintain a perfect practice record of at least 150 minutes per week for 30 weeks, from September through May.
11. RECORDING ARTIST AWARD – Requirement: Prepare to performance level and record 10 pieces to achieve this award.
12. PIANO EVENT AWARD – Requirement: Perform in 3 extracurricular musical events, such as talent shows, nursing homes, weddings, etc., to earn this award.
13. MUSIC THEORY AWARD – Requirement: Successfully pass (With distinction or With Excellence) any level of the MMTA Theory Exams.
14. KEYBOARD SKILLS AWARD – Requirement: Successfully complete all the Keyboard Skills for the appropriate Piano Exam level and be tested on the skills at your lesson.
15. SIGHTREADING AWARD – Requirement: Successfully complete the appropriate MMTA Sightplaying Book and be tested on your sightplaying at your lesson.
16. GROUP LESSON PERFORMANCE AWARD – Requirement: Prepare a piece to performance level and play it at 2 group lessons during the year.
In addition, at each lesson students report practice on a motivational chart (These are excellent. I got the idea from www.wendyspianostudio.com
) and then made my own spin-offs. I contacted Wendy to get her permission first.) The charts can be used as sticker charts. The stickers are placed on the chart in a winding path leading to the goal. On my charts every 5th circle is a colored circle. Students get 1 composer buck (to spend in the "treasure chest") for every day they have practiced their skills at least 30 minutes. When they mark the 5th or colored circle each week, they get 1 bonus buck. Each chart takes 12 weeks and reaching the goal by the dealine nets 20 bonus bucks. They can only reach the goal if they practice 5 days each week for the entire 12 weeks. Older students track their practice oon a historical time line rather than a ssticker chart (Also available to print free of charge at www.wendyspianostudio.com