Do you wish your students were more productive with home practice? Are you tired of students' less-than-honest on practice records? The Big IDEA method is designed to help you move beyond the traditional practice record in order to create more independent learners in your instrumental music classroom. The Big IDEA model will help you get students excited about quality practicing and creating their own strategies for success! 
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The Big IDEA method was designed by Katie O’Hara LaBrie, a Middle School Orchestra Director, and Tracy Magwire, a Middle School Band Director, with the goal of teaching their students how to practice efficiently and effectively; to get away from simple time based practice records and give students a path to becoming self-motivated, independent, life-long learners. 


In quantity based logs we often wonder whether the students are being truthful. Are they truly practicing or just “playing through” the music? With quantity based logs the goal of practice becomes skewed. The goal focuses on time practiced rather than effort and achievement. 


We have designed quality based practice journals where the students set goals based on musical principles, use a variety of strategies that effectively help them meet those goals, assess their skills and analyze what to do next.  


Since implementing The Big IDEA into our classes we have seen an upswing in student practice, musical knowledge, rehearsal interaction, and performance. We hope that these resources will prove useful for you and your students!

The documents on this site have been created by a variety of music educators

and you are free to download whatever you would like and make it your own!


We are always looking for additional content, so share your awesome ideas with us! 

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