“Goodie Bags” for Reinvigorating Flute Practice
As musicians, there are times when we know we need some help reinvigorating our flute practice. We might feel like we’re spinning our wheels and not improving. Maybe we’ve prepared everything for the lesson as best as we can but don’t feel like there’s anything else to do. Or perhaps the teacher is out of town and you have another week before she assigns new material. Sometimes practice can feel monotonous and we need a little jolt of excitement to get the creative juices flowing again.
“Besides the lesson assignments, what else can I practice?”
But if you have prepared all the lesson materials and are still looking for something to do (or if you need new ideas to add some excitement to your practice), try the following activity.
Practice Goodie Bags
Print out this sheet and cut on the dotted lines.
Notice that there are two columns. One is marked “no flute needed.” Place these pieces of paper in one bag and the items in the “flute needed” column in the second bag. You can fold them in half to conceal the contents. Tape the headings on to the bags like this:
Activities in the “no flute needed” bag include activities online, composition ideas, singing/humming the lesson, and exercising. These might not seem like practicing, but time spent in these activities will help your playing and deepen your musical knowledge.
In the “flute needed” bag, you will find ideas for improvising, practice hacks, and reminders to practice sight reading and record yourself.
You could just choose an activity off the list, but I think drawing from a mystery bag is much more fun. My children use a similar activity for chores. We write chores on slips of paper and draw them one at a time. We also write a few fun activities on the paper to stir things up. They don’t really want to do any of the chores, but when the bag tells them (not me!) they will get to work.
More ideas for general motivation (not just reinvigorating flute practice) can be found in a three-part series I wrote for this blog:
- Motivation: A Student’s Perspective
- Motivation: A Teacher’s Perspective
- Motivation: Parenting and Practicing
Blog articles on creative ways to practice include