PerformanceChallengeIn my studio, we are at the week before the recital.  This is when I hope that all the pieces have been learned and memorized so well that students could play them with their eyes closed! While a few of them are definitely pushing till the last minute, others are totally prepared and starting to get… well shall we say, bored? They’ve had this one piece for several weeks now, they can play every dynamic marking and mood we’ve marked but they have to keep it up for one more week so they’ll be ready to perform.  So what do you do in this situation?!

Enter the Performance Practice Challenge – Christmas Stocking edition. Today we’re sharing a printable idea you can use with your students. Print it off and send it home with them. If they can perform one or two of the activities each day, they’ll be set with a piece they’re not too sick of by recital time. Hope you have as much fun with it as my students have had. And good luck with holiday recitals!

P.S. We have another gift coming soon – we’ve been working hard so be sure to check back next week! It’s going to be awesome!

Download here: StockingChallenge

Author: Whitney

Whitney Hawker, NCTM, teaches group and private piano at Weber State University, Utah. She loves surprising students with the perfect piece or a new exciting game! After graduate school, she missed sharing ideas and resources daily with colleagues so she and her friend, Spring, began blogging together at