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I make them mime and sing their music. Small instruments hold pencils like they would their instruments, larger ones just put their hands up, and percussionists mime in air. This typically gets my students to remember their instruments. For the most part, not having their instruments is motivation enough when everyone else gets to play and they don’t.

Also, my students earn daily participation grades: if they don’t have the instrument, they get half credit.