Summer Ice Cream Challenge

This past summer I wanted to do something a bit different for our practice incentive. I decided to do a Summer Ice Cream Challenge. It was really quite simple. I printed ice cream cones and ice cream scoops, cut them apart, and laminated them so they would last for future use. For each 10 points a student earned, I awarded them with a scoop to add to their cone. Students earned points for meeting practice and performance goals.

At the end of the summer, we had a party for students who had a minimum of 4 scoops. Yeah, this was easy to attain, but since I had several students who were going to be gone for much of the summer, it worked well. At our party we had ice cream – of course – with lots of toppings to choose from. Afterwards, we watched Bugs Bunny’s Overtures to Disaster. The kids loved it, and it was low-stress for me.

Just a word of warning – I cut out a LOT of ice cream scoops. Most of it was done during my kids’ swimming lessons, when I was just sitting with little to do. If this had been a year-long incentive program, I would have gotten really tired of cutting! It would be much easier to cut the ice cream cones and scoops from a die cut. Check your local scrapbooking store or school to see if they have one you could use.

Trophy Chart

Trophy ChartThe trophy chart was my studio incentive last year, and since it was such a big hit, I am doing it again. Students earn points for each day practicing, telling me the fact of the week for the composer of the month, learning scales and technique, memorizing, composing, participating in the local MTA events, etc.For every 25 points, the students get a sticker on the chart. When they get to the top line of a color, they earn a trophy that is the same height. Students love to watch their trophies “grow” throughout the year, and they can see how tall the trophy actually is. As an added bonus, although students are only competing against themselves, there is huge motivation in seeing how their progress rates against the other students in the studio.

I print 2 copies of the chart, then cut and tape them together for the finished product.

I order the trophies from Crown Awards – great prices, products, customer service, and fast shipping.