Keep Piano Students Focussed with a Piano Practice Mashup

This is a series of three sheets which can be used for a new piano piece over a course of three practice weeks. There are two practice tasks each day, which make you think about the music in a new way, forging new connections in your mind.

Piano practice mashup

Piano practice mashup

The more you really think when you’re practicing, the more quickly you will internalise the information. Plus, and perhaps more importantly, it makes it way more fun! I made sure not to make these sheets too “kiddy” so they’re suitable for my teenage and adult students, for the younger students I normally use Andrea and Trevor Dow’s excellent ‘Shh…your piano teacher thinks this is practice!’.

This is essentially the way I practice myself, I don’t use worksheets like this, but I’m asking myself questions, playing with the piece and trying stuff out. If you want to get into the swing of “playing around” practice (which is actually the most efficient kind!) this set of sheets are an excellent place to start.


Click here to download the PRACTICE MASHUP pdf. If you have any questions please ask them below! How do you encourage effective practice?

Looking for more practice resources?

For more ideas about teaching practice a piece try these posts:

  • Piano Practice Kits – This is one of the most popular posts on Colourful Keys, with step by step instructions for creating your own practice kits for your students.
  • Practice Strategy Stickers – These will make giving practice instructions easy for you, and easy for your students to follow.
  • Effective Piano Practice Series – This series of five blog posts explores strategies for tackling common practice issues such as metronome work, score study and memorisation.
  • Summer Practice Quest – If you want to keep practice going during the summer break check out this free printable.
  • The Challenge Board – My wall of fame keeps piano practice going year round in my studio (even with technical work)

5 thoughts on “Keep Piano Students Focussed with a Piano Practice Mashup”

  1. Thank you sooo much for all this amazing free material. I have been teaching for donkey’s years and love to inspire my pupils with games, but am useless at using my computer to generate worksheets. I can’t believe you have shared so many of your ideas and hard work – what an angel. Thank you :@)

  2. Thank you, Nicola! I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile and am happy to see the posts again! Quick question: what do “HS” and “HT” stand for on the headers of these sheets?



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