Some more feedback about how a studio challenge has already been working for one NSW teacher. Many thanks to Anne for sharing her story:
Just letting you know that I set my students the 30 pieces challenge last year.
I chose 30 pieces because there are about 40 lessons in a year and students or myself might be absent for 2 or 3 of those lessons so I thought I could set the 30 pieces challenge with ticking about 1 piece a week..
I used beginner method books as the repertoire.
All my students who are doing AMEB exams (prelim to grade 6 only as I only teach to grade 6) were set the challenge.
If it got close to the end of the 12 months and they were making slow progress through the pieces I would just get them an easier book so they could make the 30 pieces.
Every one of the students that I set the challenge to made the 30 pieces.
The year ended in October when my piano students concert is held. As a reward for meeting the challenge I gave each of them a trophy with their name on it. The trophies cost me $9 and the engraving cost $3 so I was happy to fund this. The students were very proud to receive their trophies.
I started the 30 pieces challenge again in October last year and the students are working towards it again this year.
Not only has their sight reading improved but they got better results in the exams with 5 students getting A+
Anne – NSW