‘My Bag of Practice Tricks’ & ‘My Music Journal’ | Children’s Duo Bundle

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Help your students practice SMARTER not harder…

The ‘Bag of Practice Tricks’ contains 43 highly effective & fun practice strategies. Encourage your students to prepare, play and perform better, and with more confidence.  Suitable for a wide range of abilities from late elementary to advanced music levels.  It encourages problem solving and improves meta-cognitive learning.  These practice strategies will take students all the way from starting a piece, through to deep learning and polishing it.  Practice ‘tricks’ are addictive!  And this little book includes 11 practice tricks especially devoted to learning technical work… Boredom busters!

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

With this bundle set, you get BOTH these booksand the Music Journal in TWO versions:

  • ‘My Own Bag of Practice Tricks’ – Original Children’s Edition. This colourful book of 43 great practice strategies is written in an engaging conversational style, and illustrated with eye catching, cartoon pictures to make each ‘trick’ memorable for children
  • ‘My Music Journal’ – 1st version – Colour: Includes all 8 different sections – 125 pages – and covers a full year.
  • ‘My Music Journal’ – 2nd version – Same content – This version has some colour pages, but the weekly pages are in black & white, making it cost effective 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.
  • The ‘Bag of Practice Tricks’ book finished size is A5, containing 36 pages, including 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 instructions are included for both books.

These 2 books work well in together – ‘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.

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

Want more information? Find more here My Practice Journal and My Bag of Practice Tricks

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

Purchase Options:

‘One Student Only’ Option – This option is only for parents, so they can 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– For Teachers: 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 teacher will need to buy one digital copy per teacher.  (See our Terms of Use policy below for more information).

Looking to focus your students practice efforts? Check out our other practice resources:

General Information:

All these 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 updates we add!


For great value, all options here include a Single Teacher Studio License – You may print these 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 these 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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  • Just what we needed.

    We have used both the Music Journal and the Bag of Tricks, and found them to be helpful in practice and goals setting and tracking progress. My daughter uses a diary for each instrument and finds it helpful in tracking progress in each of her pieces and the practice tricks to enable her to continue to move forward with renewed momentum and ideas. Valuable asset. Thanks

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