Everything We Want in an Incentive Program

Piano teachers across the world are catching on to the 40 Piece Challenge idea. Many piano teachers and bloggers have written about it including the original post from Tim Topham that led us to create the challege in The Piano Teacher magazine in the first place!

Other teachers from around the world including  Frances WilsonElissa Milne, Carly McDonald, Rebecca Stewart and Samantha Coates have all written about the challenge.

Teacher and Composer Wendy Stevens has created new downloadable charts for teachers. Follow the link to read her whole blog and to get your hands on her downloadable charts.

From Wendy’s blog…

Are you one of the many teachers that is motivating their students with the amazing 30 or 40 piece challenge? If you don’t know anything about it or haven’t tried it yet, stop everything and consider the benefits that teachers from around the world are reporting:

  • Better sight reading skills
  • Exposure to more styles of music
  • A better “sense” of accomplishment for the student
  • Overall faster progress
  • More teacher satisfaction, knowing you are motivating students with music

It might sound too good to be true, but that’s just what it does. It’s everything we really want! The idea is that you challenge your students to learn and polish 30 (or 40) pieces during the year. These can be recital pieces, holiday pieces, pieces for the school talent show, hymn arrangements, method book pieces (as long as they are 16 measures…that’s my rule), or any piece they have to read!

Can My Piano Students Do It?

If you are worried that they can’t possibly get through that many pieces, remember that the key is that you give them not only challenging pieces, and pieces at their level, but also pieces that area easier than their level so that they get through a lot of literature and you can expose them to many styles of music. ALL of this reading of music results in better readers and really gives a sense of accomplishment to students which is paramount especially in the school age years (stay tune for more on attending a “Have You Forgotten What It’s Like to be a Child” workshop!).

Click here to read Wendy’s entire blog post.