A few weeks ago, I received a PractizPal device to review. There are five wonderful colors to choose from, and I selected “Gershwin Green.”
The PractizPal is a clever little gadget designed to help students track their practice time. It also has a built-in metronome and tuner. In my mind, there are two reasons why this gadget is valuable:
- It gives students and their teachers an easy way to accurately track practice time.
- It is so simple and easy to use — I was very impressed.
During initial set-up, you enter the date, time, the student’s name, and the daily practice time goal. After that, using the PractizPal is incredibly easy. The student presses the large button to start a practice time. The PractizPal shows the remaining time left during the practice session and beeps/applauds when the practice session is over. The student can still use the metronome even during the practice session.
The button on the left displays a graph of the student’s practice over the course of the week. Toggling the up and down arrows allows you to look at the graphs for previous weeks, too. The PractizPal can store up to one year’s worth of practice time.
The PractizPal has a kick-out stand on the back so that it can stand on any flat surface. It also has a sturdy clip allowing it to attach to a music stand. You can check out the full product guide here. They’ve thought of everything!
That said — I will now tell you that personally, my teaching approach is not require students to track their practice time. I only ask that they make it their goal to practice every day, and that while they practice they work on the goals recorded in their assignment notebook. This approach works very well for me and my students. (Click here to read more about my thoughts on practice requirements.)
However, if I were a teacher were required students track their practice time, however, I would recommend the PractizPal to my students. I’d encourage parents to give it as a birthday/Christmas gift. The PractizPal is not only a nice option for piano students, but is probably a great solution for band/orchestra students, too.
The PractizPal is becoming available in music stores across the U.S. The PractizPal retails for around $50-60. Click here to locate a retailer near you.
Giveaway: For a chance to win the green PractizPal you see shown in the photos above, leave a comment on this post with a tip about motivating your students to practice! Enter by Midnight EST on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The randomly-drawn winner will be announced on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Good luck!