‘My Bag of Practice Tricks’ – Older Student’s Edition

Sick of hearing ‘But it sounded fine at home…’?  Then this little book of music practice strategies may be for you!  Give your students a full set of music practice tips to help them practice more efficiently and effectively between lessons – Especially great for piano practice!

This little book is full of helpful (and fun!) practice strategies gleaned from years of private music teaching.  The concise, easy to read, engaging, student-friendly layout allows students to quickly get practice help to make the best use of those six days in between their music lessons!  Teachers can implement the book’s learning strategies in lessons, to support and reinforce its use in music practice time at home.  With the same basic information as our original children’s edition, this edition is great for older students – teenagers and adults. Text, fonts and graphics have been revised to interest the older student.


  • 43+ efficient and comprehensive practice strategies, with almost infinite combinations, to make mid-week music practice more effective
  • Including 11 BOREDOM BUSTING Practice Tricks specifically for technical work!
  • The student-friendly design is intended to entice students to engage & achieve – Graphics support the text throughout
  • Smart ‘Tricks’ and strategies for all stages of learning, from starting a new piece, through deep learning, polishing and performing. What a great way to make music practice both fun and effective!
  • Fosters healthy meta-cognitive learning, and problem solving skills
  • Makes professional style music practice strategies accessible to students, to accelerate learning
  • Improves focus & confidence, making music practice far more efficient

Print it yourself, or take it to a stationery shop – printing cost may be passed on to your students.  When printed & assembled this is an A5 booklet containing 36 pages (including cover).  We have designed it in a ready-to-print format – The PDF file prints on A4 paper, in landscape direction, double sided, making it more cost effective for you to print.  To print on letter size paper, click ‘fit to size’ in your printer setting.  Printing & assembly instructions are included.

Great for distance learning via Skype or Zoom type lessons – helps students to problem-solve their own practice issues.  These music practice tricks are great for many instruments, but especially useful for piano.

Suitable for students from late elementary right through to advanced grades – many of these tricks can be used and combined in different ways, making them very versatile, and extremely effective.

Take a look through some sample pages…

Purchase Options Explained:

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

‘Single Teacher – Studio Licence‘ – Buy this unique book of practice tricks, 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.

Keen to sharpen up students practice efforts? You may also like:
music diary, practice log, music journal

My Practice JournalA unique Practice Log book! 

piano practice games for kids

‘My Bag of Practice Tricks’ Younger Students’ Edition

piano lesson notes

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

General Information:

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, teachers can get 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.)

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‘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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