The conversations between music teachers and their students during lessons are valuable for the student.  Teachers give guidance, encouragement, specific strategies, and goals.  Students learn what to do to shape their playing and get clarification on how best to reach their goals.

Unfortunately, much of this information is lost forever because it is not written down by teachers or by students during lessons.  For students to keep hold of this knowledge, they need to have access to the lesson conversations in between lessons.  In effect, the conversation needs to stay alive beyond the lesson itself.

This level of communication–in which the teacher’s words are always available to the student–is one of the many uses of the Musician’s Practice Planner.  By writing down what is said during the lesson, teachers give their students the ability to remember everything from the lesson.

The layout of the Musician’s Practice Planner is set up for exactly this purpose.  Both the Specific Goals boxes and the Special Notes for the Week section on the teacher page allow the lesson conversation to remain alive into the future as students practice at home.  When students read the words from their teachers, it’s as if they are receiving additional lessons.

Communicating with music students every day of the week is a difficult task for teachers.  Even in the era of email, Twitter, and Facebook being available anywhere at any time, there is simply not enough time in the day for teachers to effectively reach out to their students on a daily basis. 

A written record of the music lesson is still the most successful way to communicate with students in between lessons.  The Musician’s Practice Planner is the perfect tool for the task.

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