Brainy Foodbank Challenge 2019

The Brainy Foodbank challenge has concluded for another year! Every year starting in November, Brainy the octopus runs a practicing challenge. Students are given a challenge – they must practice something eight times during the week. Challenges are chosen by teacher and student together. If they complete their challenge, they earn the Foodbank one dollar.… Continue reading Brainy Foodbank Challenge 2019

The Badges Challenge

One of the new activities students took part in last year was a badges challenge.  Students worked hard in lessons to collect a variety of lesson-related badges.  Students could earn badges for playing scales in lessons, practicing, learning music, and taking part in studio events.  Taking part in this activity was a great way for… Continue reading The Badges Challenge

Brainy’s Food Bank Challenge 2017

The Brainy challenge wrapped up last week!  Students who participated in this challenge had 3 challenges over the course of three weeks – one per week.  Students were asked to try and place one piece eight times over the week.  If they succeeded, they earned Brainy a penny. At the end of the challenge, Brainy… Continue reading Brainy’s Food Bank Challenge 2017

Brainy’s Practicing Challenge 2016

This was the second year for Brainy the Octopus’s practicing challenge.  This ran for three weeks.  Each week, students were challenged to play one of their pieces eight times.  If they met the challenge, brainy collected a penny.  At the end of the three weeks, all pennies were tallied and the total number of pennies… Continue reading Brainy’s Practicing Challenge 2016

Brainy’s Practicing Challenge

Starting in November, Students had to complete a practicing challenge.  The mascot of our challenge was Brainy the octopus.  As such, students were given one challenge a week.  During the week, they had to complete this challenge 8 times.  Challenges included: playing a piece 8 times, doing 8 pages of theory, and sight reading 8… Continue reading Brainy’s Practicing Challenge

“Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy!”

Can you guess who said this quote? It was a character in one of my favorite series of books: The Magic School Bus. I can still hear Mrs. Frizzle’s, from the cartoon, saying these words. Mrs. Frizzle’s advice is as good for music students as it was for her class. Take chances.   Musicians have to… Continue reading “Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy!”