Saturday, January 30, 2010

practice Incentive

This is not an original idea.  I found it on another blog, but cannot remember where so if you have come across it, please let me know so I can give credit to whom credit is due.  My students each have a jar on the piano.  As they practice they can fill it with pom poms.   Of course there are certain criteria they must meet in order to earn pom poms.  Below are some things they can do. 

Fill out your practice time. 
4 days = 1 pom-pom
5 days = 2 pom-poms
6 days = 3 pom-poms

Memorize a designated song
 receive 3 pom-poms

Play your finger patterns perfect
 receive 2 pom-poms

Completed theory done during the week,
not on the way to lesson, earns 2 pom-poms

Win a Grab Bag Prize
25 pom-poms in your jar earns a grab bag

 This week Jared, memorized three songs. WOW!  He just about filled his jar already!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Christianity has often been referred to as the singing religion.  Well, I agree!  As Christians we have much to sing about!  We have a Savior who was crucified for our sins!  1 Corinthians 15:4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  He now sits at the right hand of the father interceding for us!  That should cause any Christian to sing!

Jesus believed in singing.  He sang a hymn with his disciples as he went to his death.  Paul and Silas sang and prayed as a testimony while in jail.  "Moody, the great evangelist, said that his singer, Sankey, sang more souls into the kingdom than he ever reached as a preacher."

We as Christians should tell the story of Jesus in song.  We are told to speak to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs and to sing and make melody in our hearts to the Lord.  Let us share that song that is in our hearts and  carry the message of Christ to all.

"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (Ephesians 5:19)