‘Star Starts!’ Music Practice Game

Engaging the Mind in Practice time!

Do your students sometimes get bored with practice?  Well you can help switch them on again with a music Practice Game!  This simple and effective Practice Game helps students get used to starting anywhere in their pieces.  The ‘Star Starts’ games are a fun way to improve both fluency and confidence.

This music practice game is available in three versions or themes – You can select which graphics you prefer, or get all three versions and let students choose their favourite set to use!  And with three sets of graphics, you can challenge intermediate and advancing students with lots and lots of different start points.  A great way to build secure pieces.

In each version you get a set of double sided cards ready to print & cut out, and the game instructions.  Pair it with a packet of stickers, and use this game in lesson time, to get your students started.  The studio license allows you to print a copy for each student and send it home with them to use through the week.

‘Star Starts’ teaches students how to practice SMARTER not just harder:
  • It is a simple and effective game to get students used to starting anywhere in a piece
  • Starting in different places is one of the BEST ways to improve a piece quickly
  • The fun graphics & card game approach helps you break a student’s habit of starting at the beginning.
  • Younger children love the cute Smiley Card graphics, and help you teach even elementary level students the value of smart practice
  • Use the ‘Odd Spots’ game version for older students who don’t want to be ‘babied’ but still really need to polish their pieces with some random start points
  • The ‘Complete Set’ option is great for those who teach intermediate and advancing students – With all the Star cards, Smile cards and Spot cards longer piece can easily be broken down into a multitude of short sections for easy learning, and make it feel like a lot more fun!

Our students love this game, and know that it is one of the best things to practice at home, to get their pieces improving quickly, and sounding awesome!  A great way to boost confidence, and ESPECIALLY useful before recitals and exams.

This game is great to enhance your online and hybrid teaching also – And it’s a great way to help students problem-solve their own practice issues in the week between lesson.

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Flexible Purchase Options summary:

  1. Star Starts’ – Complete Set –  Includes all 3 versions: ‘Star Starts’, ‘Smile Starts’ & ‘Odd Spots’ with a discount of 20%. This bundle is great value giving you lots of options, and appealing to a wide range of ages.  Printing, set-up & game instructions included for each version.
  2. ‘Star Starts’ Practice Game – gives you the Star Starts game only.  Printing, set-up & game instructions included.
  3. ‘Smile Starts’ Practice Game – gives you the Smile Starts version only.  Great for younger students.  Printing, set-up & game instructions included.
  4. ‘Odd Spots’ Practice Game – gives you the Odd Spots version only.  Great for older students.  Printing, set-up & game instructions included.
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Download, print and play – These games are easy to download and print.  We recommend downloading using a computer (not a phone or 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.  The PDF files are set up ready to print, and all printing and playing instructions are included, to keep our resources teacher-friendly!

These resources are all STUDIO LICENSED – Purchase once and print them forever, to use with all the students that you teach personally!  You may print these cards for every student that you teach directly and personally.  Although you may not sell these products, you are welcome to pass on the actual printing costs to your students. 

Music schools and studios with multiple teachers must buy a digital copy/studio license for each teacher using these resources. 


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  • Fun and Simple!

    My students have loved using these Star Starts cards. I printed them and put them in a little kit I made up, to help them get inspired about practice. An easy and fun way to remind them to start in different places, not just at the beginning. And it’s working – Nice & easy!

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