Updated: Nov 30, 2021
By Christy | the Practicing Pro
Hello everyone, I’m excited to talk about 100-day challenges and how to make practicing your instrument every day a habit. the number one way is by using a daily practice chart. Success comes from preparation for success and also doing a challenge with a friend. If you do even a small 5-minute daily challenge WITH your child, at the same time, just watch how successful you will be TOGETHER! I can't wait to share this with you and I know you can do it! Daily positive practices are coming your way!
How many days does it take to create a habit?
There used to be a popular saying that it took 21 days to form a habit. New research shows that it actually takes longer. It takes closer to 12 weeks or over 66 days. So, guys, this means it really does take a long time to make a new habit that becomes routine in our life and so please be kind to yourself as you work on this. It’s OK if you mess up and have to start over many times - this would be completely normal.
The players daily practice challenge
A very popular activity in Suzuki music programs around the world is the 100-day challenge. This is a wonderful way to help create a habit and make practicing a routine. Here are a few challenge charts that I made for you guys! I hope you like them. I can't wait to see some of them all done! Send me pictures!!!
If you find doing something every day consistently is difficult for you then no worries at all. I suggest that you start with a 60-day challenge, a 30-day challenge, or even a 10-day challenge. The grandness of the challenge doesn’t matter. What matters is that you’re making an effort to do something every day and improving. When you finish your challenge make sure that you celebrate. Choose something that will motivate you. It doesn’t have to be a food item or something you buy. It can be anything that you love to do too like have a family game night.
The parent's daily challenge
As a parent, you can also do a challenge with your player. It can be anything at all. Set a timer just like your player does. You can also ask your player to "remind you" to check off your chart. You can grab my FREE successful practicing checklist and join my weekly email list. Each week I'll send you an email of practicing tips and free resources. Your challenge can be to do something small for 5 minutes each day towards having a more effective, positive, and fun home music practice. For those that are really serious about having effective, positive, and fun home music practices with your children you can enroll in my "Suzuki Practicing Academy" digital course! Here I'll take you step by step through HOW EXACTLY to have amazing home practices,
One small change at a time
I know you can do this! Remember you don’t have to do everything at once. Just one thing at a time.
Here are some fun Practice charts for you to print and try TOGETHER:
There you have it! My challenge charts to help you make your instrument practicing a daily habit. Remember to print TWO. One for you to do and one for your player.
Please send me a photo of your completed daily practice challenge chart with your musician's BIG smile to share with other parents. I would love to see it! I would also love to see you enjoying your challenge reward!
INVITATION from Christy Hodder:
DIGITAL COURSE - Practicing Pro Academy
Speaking of amazing practices, let me tell you all about the digital course I built and teach called "Practicing Pro Academy". It is an at-your-own-pace, six-week online course for teachers and students that will bring you even more successful practices with your players! I am also with you in person the whole time with weekly Q&As to answer all of your questions. It only runs a few times a year so you don't want to miss the next time! I offer a free Masterclass to kick off each course. You can join the waitlist here.
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Checklist for an Amazing Music Practice
Your easy checklist to have successful home music practices from Christy, the practicing pro. Whether you are a new or seasoned practice parent this checklist will help you organize before, during, and after practices for effective and fun practices. You will also get to join my weekly email list and get free tips and resources to help you out and to save your valuable time and energy.
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