Achievement Rewards Guidelines

Though regular practice is critical to a student's success on their instrument, a number of other factors are also important, including but not limited to:

  • Willingness on the part of the student to put forth continuous effort, even when feeling frustrated or challenged;
  • Identification of difficult sections of a piece followed by patient and thoughtful practice of these sections;
  • Mastery of assignments within a reasonable amount of time so the student can feel a sense of accomplishment and progress;
  • Regular completion of assigned worksheets or theory assignments that help integrate new concepts;
  • Careful student attention to practice rubrics and individualized practice plans that help them work through musical challenges.


The guidelines for the Achievement Rewards system are meant to accomplish the following:

  • reward students for meeting a practice goal specifically tailored to their needs at the time, or for putting forth the consistent effort necessary to meet this goal
  • engage each student in collaborative weekly goal setting with the teacher so the student is personally invested in the meeting the challenges of learning their instrument
  • recognize each student's individual efforts and success rather than creating an atmosphere where students feel compelled to compete with their peers for rewards
  • provide them with an opportunity, through the rewards themselves, to increase their musical exposure and enjoyment


Achievement Rewards Guidelines


1. Students in grades K-8 are eligible for participation.


2. At each lesson the student and teacher will set a goal that the student must meet by the next lesson in order to receive a reward sticker. The goal for each week will change as necessary to address the musical challenges facing the student at the time.


3. When the student accumulates the tenth sticker, the achievement will be marked on the chart with a gold star, the student will receive a reward. Rewards are always musical in nature and are meant to inspire the student's musical growth, creativity, and enjoyment. Past prizes have included a CD of music from around the world; a CD of music for the student's instrument; and a book of interesting facts about famous composers. The student can accumulate ten more stickers towards a new achievement reward. (Accumulated stickers carry over from the fall to the spring semester but not from one school year to the next. No stickers are awarded during the summer session.)