Music Practice: ‘Bag of Practice Tricks’ & ‘Music Journal’ | Older Students

Help your students’ make their music practice SMARTER not harder!

The ‘Bag of Practice Tricks’ contains 43+ highly effective & fun practice strategies.  Encouraging students to prepare, play and perform better, and with more confidence.  Significantly, it is suitable for a wide range of abilities, from late elementary to advanced levels.  Teach them how to structure their music practice, encourage a problem-solving attitude, and improve meta-cognitive learning.  These practice strategies will take students from starting a piece, through to deep learning and polishing it.  Practice tricks are addictive – and these ones are especially great for piano practice!  There are 11 practice tricks especially devoted to learning technical work…Clearly, these make great boredom busters!

With the same basic information as our original children’s editionthis edition is great for older students – Teenagers and adults. Text, fonts and graphics have been revised to interest the older student.

The companion ‘Music Journal’ fosters a self-regulating attitude – Accordingly, you can make it task or time focused, as you prefer.  The eight different sections, including Goal Setting page, Practice Stats Graphs, Countdown Calendars, Weekly Progress pages, Campaign Tracker, etc, are designed to give students direction and a sense of achievement.

With this bundle set, you get BOTH these books – and the Music Journal in TWO versions:
  • ‘My Own Bag of Practice Tricks’ – for Older Students – A compact & colourful book of 43 great practice strategies, written in an engaging conversational style, and illustrated with eye catching, graphics to make each one memorable.
  • ‘My Music Journal’ – 1st version – Colour – has 8 different sections – 125 pages – and covers a full year.  Easy to use for goal setting, planning, and as a practice log.
  • ‘My Music Journal’ – 2nd version – With the same content as the colour version – This edition has some colour pages, but most of the pages are in black & white, to make it cheaper to print
  • Great for distance learning via online lessons
  • Helps students to plan out & enjoy effective practice for the 6 days between lessons

Take a look inside ‘My Bag of Practice Tricks’:
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Take a look inside ‘My Music Journal’:
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Printing – Each book is A5 in size, in PDF format, ready to print it yourself or take it to a print shop. 
  • The Music Journal can also be printed in a larger size, for more writing space – Select your preferred page size in your printer settings.  We recommend comb binding to make it really easy use.
  • The ‘Bag of Practice Tricks’ book – finished size is A5, and it contains 36 pages, including the cover.  We have designed this in a ready-to-print format – the PDF files print on A4 paper, in landscape direction, double sided, making it more cost effective for you to print.  (To print on letter paper, change the the paper size in your printer setting.) 
  • Printing & binding instructions are included for both books.

These 2 books work well in tandem – ‘My Own Bag of Practice Tricks’ expands on the Campaign Tracker section in ‘My Practice Journal’, and the tracker section helps the student be methodical in working through several learning strategies with each piece.

Listen in on an independent music teacher’s video review:

Save 10% with this set, compared to purchasing the individual books – This set price is already marked down so you don’t need to worry about remembering a discount code during checkout.

Purchase Options Explained:

‘One Student Only’ Parents’ Option – Parents can use this option to download, print and use the books for their own child.  Neither the files nor the printed books may be given to anyone else. This option is not for teachers.

‘Single Teacher – Studio Licence‘ – Buy this unique book set of practice tricks & music journal, and print it for all your own regular students, that you teach directly and personally, for life.  The printed books themselves may not be sold, but the actual cost of printing cost may be passed on to the student (product files may never be shared with students, or anyone else).  Music school with multiple teachers will need to buy one digital copy per teacher.

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My Practice JournalUnique Practice Log book! 

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‘My Bag of Practice Tricks’ Older Students’ Edition

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You may also like these free Music Practice To-Do Lists – they work very well alongside our practice books!

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All our materials are available immediately, by digital download, from your customer account dashboard.  And don‘t forget, we maintain all your ’88 Musical Keys’ resources, in your own private, Customer Dashboard…for free. Purchase once, and you can download, print and use it ANY time – including any file upgrades we add!

LicensingFor great value, you can choose to include a Single Teacher Studio License:

If you choose the ‘Studio Licensed’ option, you may print 88 Musical Keys activities, games, music, cards and posters for all the students you teach directly and personally, for your lifetime! (Music schools with multiple teachers will need to purchase a copy for each teacher using this material, of course. Contact us if you need a ‘multiple teacher’ license.) 

How to Download:

We recommend downloading these resources using a computer (rather than a phone or other device) to make it quick and easy, and a hard-wired internet connection will make it faster, of course.  Print it yourself, or take it to a print shop.  In either case, the PDF files are set up ready to print on both sides of the page, giving the flashcards, games, worksheet activities and kits a professional presentation.  Printing and playing instructions for all resources are included! 


All our download files are in PDF format, ready to save, print and use. When printing, we recommend using either Adobe Acrobat Reader (free) PDF software, or ‘Nitro PRO’ software, to open & print our PDF resources.  You can also open our PDF files using Google Chrome, and print directly from there.  (Other PDF software may or may not print as reliably as these 3 options for our files.)

Unzipping’ Bundled Files:

Some files, especially our ‘bundles’ are in zipped folders to make them compact and easier to transfer.  To unzip these you can download a free program HERE

‘Online & On-Device’ teaching resources:

Our ‘online’ and ‘on-device’ teaching resources, such as tutorials, slideshows and online/digital games, will be saved directly to your Google Drive, ready for you to use whenever needed.

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  • Empowering

    I am so pleased with how this pair of practice books work together to inspire my students to practice! And best of all is that if they get ‘stuck’ to know what to do with their pieces & scales etc mid-week, they can very often ‘un-stick’ themselves, using the Campaign Tracker in the Journal & the long list of practice ‘tricks’ detailed in the Bag of Tricks book. Well done, I am thrilled!

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