Music Practice: ‘Bag of Practice Tricks’ & ‘Music Journal’

Get these two 'Practice Kit' books for older students as a discount BUNDLE - Save 10%

Help your students’ make their music practice efforts 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 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.


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   My Practice Journal 



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  My Bag of Practice Tricks



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

Purchase Options Explained:

‘One Student Only’ Option – Parents can use this option to download, print and use it for their own child.  Neither the files nor the printed book may be given to anyone else.

‘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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All our download files are in PDF format, ready to save, print and use.  Some files, especially our ‘bundles’ are in zipped folders to make them compact and easier to transfer.  If you need an ‘unzipper’ program you can download a free program HERE   Our ‘online’ and ‘on-device’ teaching resources, such as tutorials, slideshows and online/digital games, will be saved directly to your Google Drive.  If you have any questions, please check the FAQ’s at the bottom of our HOME page.  If your question is not there, you can email us directly at info@88musicalkeys.com  Thank you!



  • 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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