Music Practice Tracker
Ok, so I said that this music log or music practice tracker is for kids, but honestly, anyone can use it. It’s really cute and fun. Sure it is designed for kids, but if you’re an adult struggling with motivation to practice your instrument right now, maybe it will inspire you.
Yes, this is primarily a math site. But, I like to offer a variety of educational resources, and music education is too often ignored.
And, what also is fun about this is that it’s open ended. Kids will enjoy seeing their practice notes grow. But, won’t get deflated about having to practice a certain amount of times.
I work from home and I have some pretty mundane tasks that I struggle to complete. If I do them regularly, my business does better. If I don’t, it doesn’t.
Yes, just like practicing a musical instrument. The more you practice, the better you get.
I actually created an activity tracker for myself, for these mundane tasks. And, now that I’m tracking them, I’m getting many more done. Progress begets progress!
There is absolutely a Math Music Connection. Learning music or even just listening to music can make you better at math.
If your child practices an instrument, sometimes getting them to practice regularly is a chore. Hopefully these practice logs will encourage and motivate them.
They’re simple to use. Just decide between your child, you and the child’s music teacher, what constitutes a music practice.
For younger kids, it might only be 5 or 15 minutes. Older kids it will probably be longer. Then, they get to color or use a sticker each practice they complete.
Smartphones make it so easy to record video at home. Maybe you want to record your child playing a particular song they’re working on, at the beginning of the practice log. Then, record them at the end of the music practice sheet, and compare the two.
Progress creates more progress–and they might be excited to see how far they’ve come. In the day to day, it can feel like you’re not getting any better. But, we are!
For the record, this tracker has my other website on it. I didn’t realize that when it was created and I just let it go. But I wanted to clear up any confusion about it.
Music Makes You Smarter
Many researchers have determined that a child who plays and practices a musical instrument, often finds more and easier success in academics than those who do not. This is because playing music uses different parts of the brain.
In fact, according to the Journal of Educational Psychology, High School students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers.
The antiquated (and disproven) thinking used to be that if you devoted time to learning music, you wouldn’t have devoted enough time to learning math and other topics.
And, when it comes to budget cuts, music, art and sports are usually the first to go, because they are viewed as non essential.
Nothing could be further from the truth! We know that when students learn and do these extra curriculars, they are better students overall.
Music Practice Logs
So, here you go, your free printable music practice logs or practice trackers. I wasn’t sure what to call them. But they’re cute, they’re functional and they’re FREE! So, enjoy!
You can even use these month after month, and save them in a binder and create a music practice journal.
Lisa Lightner is an award-winning and nationally-known Special Education Advocate and Lobbyist who lives in suburban Philadelphia. She has or is serving on the Boards of numerous disability and education related organizations including the Epilepsy Foundation and PA Education Voters. She also has testified before State House and Senate committees relating to special education issues and education funding issues.