Student Assignments

We have found that it is important to build a foundation of knowledge leading into The Big IDEA. We begin by teaching students how to set OMGs - Obtainable Musical Goals. We then teach them strategies to reach their goals, and how to analyze how they've done. The IDEA journals should be introduced one at a time, depending on the level of background knowledge the student or group possesses, all leading up to the Step 4 - The Big IDEA Journal. We have also included other IDEbased and non-IDEA based assignments that you may find useful. We encourage you to mix it up,  keep kids thinking, and trying to find what works best for them and you. The goal is to help students to Practice with Purpose.

IDEA Journals

Step 1: Identify & Decide: Goal Setting for ORCHESTRA
This assignment helps students learn to set goals that IDENTIFY a section of their music to work on as well as DECIDE what musical concept needs attention.
Step 1: Identify & Decide: Goal Setting for BAND
This assignment helps students learn to set goals that IDENTIFY a section of their music to work on as well as DECIDE what musical concept needs attention.
Step 2: Executing Strategies 
This assignment helps students EXECUTE strategies to help them accomplish their goals. When introducing this step we recommend also passing one of our practice strategy guides.
Step 3: 3-2-1 Analysis & Reflection
This assignment asks students to ANALYZE what went well and what needs to improve. It can be edited and used for group or individual assessment to reflect upon individual practice, ensemble rehearsal, or performance.

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Step 4: The IDEA Journal
This assignment combines all 4 elements of IDEA into one journal. Student will IDENTIFY a section, DECIDE on OMGs, EXECUTE their plan, and ANALYZE their work.
Beginning IDEA Journal
Guided IDEA-based journal for beginning and intermediate students to strategize and reflect on practice assignments.
5-5-5 Planning Guide
Done individually, as a class activity, or sectional discussion the 5-5-5 planning Journal is designed to have your students pre-plan their practice for the week. They are to IDENTIFY and DECIDE on 5 goals, come up with 5 strategies they will use to EXECUTE those goals and then use those things to guide their practice for the week, (at least 5 days). 

Other Assignments

Concert Checklist Example
Teacher-created checklist to help young musicians streamline their practicing leading up to concert day.
Band Practice Record - Detailed
This practice record guides students through a very thorough practice session. They detail the various elements practiced as well as reflect on their practice.
Band - Time Calculating Practice Record
This assignment has students input a goal for the month and record what they do each day toward accomplishing it. The spreadsheet tallies minutes so there is no math involved!
Orchestra - Time Calculating Practice Record
This assignment has students input a goal for the month and record what they do each day toward accomplishing it. The spreadsheet tallies minutes so there is no math involved!
Practice Card BINGO
A fun way to get kids practicing more! Try using it prior to a big concert and attach prizes to the game to really get kids motivated to play! This version is specific to distance learning. 
NOTE: Looking for something that works during social distancing? Check out our blended learning activities in the Resources tab.
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