My Bag of Music Practice Tricks! | Original Edition

piano practice games for kids

Have you ever wished that your students would just go home and practice? And that they would just know how to go about their music practice, without using up valuable lesson time explaining it again? Then this book of ‘practice magic’ may be for you!

Full of helpful, accessible music practice strategies gleaned from years of private music teaching.  The concise, colourful, fun, kid-friendly layout allows students to quickly get music 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 at home.


  • 43+ efficient and fun Practice Tricks to make mid-week music practice more effective. These music practice ‘tricks’ are like games we play with our pieces!
  • Including 11 BOREDOM BUSTING Music Practice Tricks specifically for technical work!
  • The kid-friendly design is intended to entice students to engage & achieve – Bright colours & cartoon pictures support the text throughout.
  • ‘Tricks’ for all stages of learning, from starting a new piece, through deep learning, polishing and performing.
  • Fosters healthy meta-cognitive learning, to build a growth mind-set.
  • Makes professional music practice strategies accessible to students, in a fun and engaging way.
  • Gives even non-musical parents way of helping at home, if needed.
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 super versatile.

Take a look through some sample pages…

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 paper, click ‘fit to size’ in your printer settings.)  Printing & assembly instructions are all included.

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

This book correlates to the ‘Campaign Tracker’ in My Practice Journal – click to take a peek. And we also offer these two inspiration music practice books as a Discount Bundle!

See an independent music teacher’s review of our Practice Book set:

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

Purchase Options:

‘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 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.

Do you love to make music practice engaging for students? You may also like these resources:

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 updates we add!


For great value, all options here include a Single Teacher Studio License – You may print this Music Journal 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 the music journal 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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