MY PRACTICE JOURNEY
I started taking private flute lessons when I was four years old. Yep, that's me on the right! Luckily, I had very experienced teachers that taught me how to practice correctly. One of the most helpful tools they provided me with was a weekly lesson sheet. The problem was, as I got older, those loose sheets would get lost and scattered.
After becoming a teacher myself, I searched for a bound practice notebook that I could have my students use. But to my surprise, there simply wasn't one that met my expectations. The ones that did exist all treated practice sessions as "assignments". Ugh...
Music is supposed to be fun and rewarding! And colorful and inspiring!
That's when I came up with Practice Note. I set out to create a notebook that embraces the idea that learning an instrument can be exciting, modern, organized, vibrant, and straightforward! And that something called a "lesson sheet" could, I don't know, be kind of cool?
I must admit the final product far exceeded my wildest dreams, and I hope the excitement I've put into this rubs off on you as well!
MY ORIGINAL LESSON SHEETS
After studying music almost my entire life, I've learned the keys to what I believe makes an efficient practice session.
"Practice smarter, not harder!"
In the first 20 pages of Practice Note, I offer a number of tips covering a range of topics from how best to structure your practice sessions, practice gear essentials, tips on how to prevent injury, and much more.
Practice Note will guide you toward getting the most out of each practice session while keeping you organized along the way.
Oftentimes, musicians practice for the sake of practicing but without clear direction. By setting both short and long-term goals that are attainable, Practice Note will help you visualize a purpose for practicing.
In Practice Note, there is a dedicated section discussing the importance of setting goals and how to break them down to be most achievable.
Goal Setting Included in Practice Note:
Long Term Goals - Full pages at start and end of book to establish broad goals and reflect on your progress.
Monthly Recaps - Full page check-in after every four weeks of practice.
Weekly Goals - Specific, focused goals built into the weekly practice pages.
WEEKLY PRACTICE PAGES
Practice Note comes with 52 weeks (1 year) worth of practice pages. The beauty of how Practice Note was created is that you can start it at any point during the year AND, you can customize it to start on any day of the week! Have your lessons on Wednesday? You can start your "practice week" on Wednesdays! Using your Practice Note in a music class in school? You can start your "practice week" on Monday!
Page 1 (Top Right Picture):
List the music you are practicing that week
Check off what you practice each day
Track the time you practiced each day
Optional space for an "Accountability Partner" to initial
Page 2 (Bottom Right Picture):
Keep track of notes and questions you have during the week
Set attainable weekly goals
Consider how you are feeling about your practice
TRACKERS & EXTRAS
One of the things I love about having a physical practice notebook is that it acts as a document of your achievements.
Sometimes it's easy to feel like you're not making a lot of progress with your practice, but it makes the world of difference when you can look back on an entire year and visibly see all the amazing things you accomplished.
To help keep track of the music you played during the year, special performances, competitions, or anything else worth noting, I've added a "Trackers" section to Practice Note. This will also come in handy to refer to when filling out applications for auditions, competitions, college admissions, and much more!
Also included at the end of Practice Note are a few pages of blank notepaper and blank staff paper.
LESS THAN THE AVERAGE COST OF A PRIVATE LESSON
IT'S IN THE DETAILS
It was really important to me to make Practice Note not only fun, modern, and exciting but also practical. Durability and ease of use were top considerations when fine-tuning the details. This is a high-end notebook/ journal that you'll be using daily for a year which is why I made sure to get it done right!
Hardcover for maximum durability, and Spot Gloss UV logo that reflects the signature blue to pink gradient when you move it.
Extremely durable Blue Metal Rings, Elastic Strap to hold your Practice Note Closed and Glossy Ribbon to easily mark your place.
INSIDE THE NOTEBOOK
Full-Color Pages on thick, High-Quality Paper with No Bleed.
Height: 8.75 inches
Width: 7.75 inches*
*width includes wire rings
"As a musician, educator, and parent of two children taking weekly lessons on their instruments, I found the Practice Note notebook to be the perfect tool to help my kids document their work and develop a daily practice habit."
Dr. Nathaniel Zeisler
Dean for Community Initiatives at
The Colburn School | Career Developer
"Gina’s 'Practice Note' is so well thought out, and contains elements you didn’t even know you needed! I’ve shared it with my students and they love the goal setting pages to keep them motivated and excited about the future. Her included practice tips are also invaluable tools for instrumentalist of all kinds."
Violist/Violinist | Professor at Cal State LA and Teaching Artist at The Harmony Project
PRACTICE NOTE IS FOR EVERYONE
Who Can Use Practice Note?
If you are a musician and want a practice notebook to help you track your practice and stay on track, Practice Note is right for you!
Does It Matter What Instrument Or Genre Of Music I Play?
Practice Note was made to be used by every musician no matter the instrument (or if you're a vocalist) and will work for any genre of musical focus.
What Level Of Player Is Practice Note Right For?
Although the practice tips section will be most beneficial for musicians new to music or at an intermediate level, the bulk of Practice Note is the weekly practice pages and the goal-setting sections which will be beneficial to every musician regardless of level. For musicians under the age of 13, it is recommended to use Practice Note with a parent.
Do I Need A Teacher To Use Practice Note?
You can use Practice Note no matter how you are studying music. Practice Note can be used with a private teacher, in a music class such as band/choir/orchestra, or on your own.
Do You Have To Start Practice Note On January 1st?
Practice Note was designed to be started any time of the year since everyone starts using different practice tools at different times. Practice Note is completely customizable to start the week you want as well as the day of the week that works best for your practice schedule!