I’ve been taking advantage of some summer down-time to work on studio planning for the upcoming school year. My big project this week was putting together a new studio incentive program to kick-off in the fall. This year, I really wanted to do something with music money. (Thanks to Cecilly and Susan on the Piano Teacher Resources site for a great post about music money incentives that got me brainstorming!) I’ve had students earn points in the past, but love the idea of having them earn something they can really get their hands on!! So… this year, we’re going to play a game of Musikopoly in our studio! Our local teacher’s association is using the same theme for it’s annual Multi-Piano concerts this year, so I decided to borrow the idea and adapt it into an incentive program.
At their first lesson of the school year, each student will get a gameboard to keep in their 3-ring binder:
To complete each of the 10 game circles on the board, they’ll have to earn Bach Bucks, then use them to purchase a house, ticket, etc. as instructed on the board. When they’ve earned enough money, they can turn it in for a game piece sticker to go on the space (I printed these on 1.5″ Avery Labels):
I decided to make my own money instead of buying the pre-made packs. Here’s what our Bach Bucks look like:
And here’s how students earn them:
Arrive on time with all of your books: $5
Successfully complete any technique, sightreading, ear training, theory or rhythm assignment: $5
Answer “yes” to a Chance card (see below for description): $10
Get to the piano to practice (at least ___ minutes): $5/day
Complete a Perfect Week (every assignment practiced): $20
Roll a die at lessons – if you practiced that many days or more, earn a bonus!: $10
Polish and record a piece: $20
Perform at a group lesson: $20
Perform from memory at a group lesson: $25
Perform at a school, church or other outside event (requires note from parent): $25
Perform at a studio recital or event: $50
Complete an entire level of assigned technique: $50
Pass a yearly theory exam: $50
Complete an entire ear training workbook: $50
Successfully clap and count an entire rhythm challenge: $50
Complete an entire level of sightreading: $50
Creative Quest Projects:
Complete a composing challenge (original composition): $40
Perform an improvised piece: $40
Complete a Listening Challenge: $40
Complete a Meet the Composer Packet $40
To make it feel even more like a game, I added 4 Bonus Cards:
Get Out of Jail Free cards let students redeem a bad week of practice. Each student is issued 2 cards at the beginning of the year, and may play them at any time.
Free Parking cards let students “park” a piece they no longer care to work on. Each student gets 2 of these at the beginning of the year, and may play them at any time.
I borrowed the idea for the Chance cards from a post on Laura Lowe’s site. Thanks to Laura and Marcia Vahl for the Mystery Card idea! I’m very excited to try this out. (Visit the link above for more details).
Creative Quest cards are extra credit projects students can opt to do to earn more money. Students may draw a card to find out which Quest category they will work on: composition, improv, critical listening or composer history. They’ll then get a choice of projects in that category to complete outside of lessons.
Every student who finishes the game by the end of the school year will earn a trophy. With every new incentive program I’ve done, I always keep the trophies the same – that way students who have been in the studio for several years can see a whole line of music trophies lined up by the piano!
All of the game materials I made are available as .pdf files on my studio site. If anyone would like to use these, but wants to tweak them, I’d be happy to share the Publisher files – just send me an email at [email protected]