Getting Started

Star Charts

In order to encourage productive practice habits, students will earn stars on their sticker charts each week for meeting certain practice goals. The average student who follows the instructions on their practice sheet and completes their Tonic Tutor games will earn two stars per week. On special occasions when a student is particularly high achieving, they will be awarded three stars!  See the Star Chart Criteria at the bottom of this page for more information.

The Music Binder

Please bring a binder or folder containing your practice sheets and music to the lesson every week. I recommend organizing your binder in reverse chronological order with one tab for practice sheets and a second for your music.

Using Your Practice Sheet

As you complete the practice steps for each song or activity, please check the appropriate box on your sheet. Alternatively, you may write in the amount of time spent on each item. When you bring your completed practice sheet to the next lesson and demonstrate that you followed the prep steps at home, you will earn a sticker on your star chart!

Tonic Tutor

Tonic Tutor is an online service that allows students to practice music reading, aural, rhythm, and other important musical skills through interactive games. Each week, Tonic Tutor will generate new games to be completed before your next lesson. To set up Tonic Tutor, enter the activation info on your practice sheet into the login fields. Once activated, you may change your username and password.  If I see you have completed your assigned games, you will earn another sticker on your star chart!

Star Chart Criteria

The star amounts listed below are cumulative. In other words, to earn two stars you will need to have met the 2-star criteria in addition to the 1-star criteria.

1 Star

  • Brought practice sheet to the lesson.
  • Checked off one or more practice days.
  • Correctly performed one or more prep-steps picked at random from practice sheet.

2 Stars

  • Completed weekly Tonic Tutor assignment.
  • Completed all additional homework assignments.

3 Stars

  • Exceeded expectations by a significant amount!
  • Teacher was shrieking with delight!
  • We all jumped up and started dancing!