Some ways to "enliven" home practice:
- Jar of Doom: List all the songs/lines on a small slip of paper and add a few "challenges" such as "play them all," "mom/dad picks," or "play the odds." Place all the cards into a bucket and have the student pull one out at a time, play the task listed on the card, and then pull and play through the other cards.
- Calling/skype/facetime performances: Have the students select a song to practice during their allotted time and end their practice session with a phone call to a family member or friend. You can also feel free to send performances to me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Technology based Apps
- FluteRacer, ClarinetRacer, etc: These are IOS apps that challenge students on note reading and fingering that the students "play along" to. There's a small cost associated with this app. Percussion students can use the "PianoRacer" app.
- Bandmate Chromatic Tuner: This is especially great for brass players, as it will let them know which note they are playing. Free app that the kids can play their instrument and use at the same time.
- NoteNames+: another free app-- this one doesn't allow the kids to play, but lets them practice note identification.
- Chicken Scream: If you play the "Classic Version," student can use their instrument to practice sustaining long/short sounds.
- MusicRacer.com: allows students to practice note names, identifying fingerings, and defining musical terms.