High Five Practice

Being consistent with practicing each week is a challenge.  I am always inspired by my son’s charts at elementary school.  His spelling graph for the entire year inspired me to do this visual incentive for “High Five” practice.  At first I let the students put their hot air balloon anywhere in the sky, but then I couldn’t tell who was leading the pack with their tally marks so I rearranged them in January, plus they needed something new to notice on my wall.

When they get five tally marks they can pick a treat from my basket.  To get a tally mark for the week, students need to practice five days and mark it on the chart.  Some students have practiced the five days, but are not good at charting!  When they reach 15 tally marks they get their choice of a two-dollar bill or a Texas donut.  What is a Texas donut?  Well, it’s huge and thanks to my son’s fourth grade teacher, it’s a hit at our house!

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By gillpianostudio

Barbara Bryner Gill--Whether playing the piano or singing, Barbara has always enjoyed making music. She holds two music degrees from the University of Utah: a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, and a Master of Arts in Musicology. While attending the University of Utah her teachers included Barlow Bradford, Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg, and Vedrana Subotic.

Barbara regularly performs in the community, and has played for weddings, ceremonies, and special events for over a decade. She has been a choir member of the Utah Chamber Artists since 1999 and is also the Librarian and Administrative Assistant. In addition to teaching private piano lessons and musicianship classes, Barbara has been involved in arts administration holding positions such as the Administrative Coordinator for the Maurice Abravanel Visiting Distinguished Composers Series, and the Marketing Assistant for the Virtuoso Series at the University of Utah. Barbara is also involved in the Salt Lake Piano Competition.

An active member of the Utah Music Teachers Association, Barbara is a past president of the Jordan River chapter. She is Nationally Certified through the Music Teachers National Association and received her Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music status in 2015. Her students participate in a variety of performing experiences including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) festivals. Barbara and her husband have three boys and a girl (named after a concert hall).

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