Reply To: motivating students to practice
Such a struggle – I know.
However, http://www.smartmusic.com is absolutely wonderful – though it is initially expensive it is beyond worth it!
It’s a great tool that your future virtuosos can use literally anywhere with internet and a built in or available microphone.
The teacher can set up assignments in less than 2 minutes that can go out to the entire ensemble – completely custom and transposed for each instrument. The students simply sign on – play the assignment and submit it and it comes back to the teacher. Now, you can assess them and can show them progress that they are making. This is also a great tool to get parents involved and comprehending what exactly we do.
Plus – you get a plethora of band scores as well as solos, duets, trio, quartets, and chamber music + accompaniment!
If you haven’t already, go check it out!