Every year beginning on January 1st I ask my studio to begin a 100 day contest. During this contest students must remember to practice each and every day without missing a single one.
For some. But, you’d be surprised at the number of winners I have each year. The first year was a test to see who could actually do it, and of the 30 students I challenged I had 2 winners. I gave them each a colored CD players. Yah, cool.
Guess what happened the second year I started the same 100 day practice challenge? Well, I’ll tell you. I had 13 winners! Wow. 13 of the students who took flute lessons from me didn’t miss a single day of practice for 100 days. And, I had to fork out a lot of prize money. But, I didn’t mind at all because these students all became super stars in the area of flute.
My husband even did it one year (learned the harmonica!). I always offer an awesome prize, and a celebration of the accomplishment.
What can you accomplish in 100 days? A Ton!
Look at it this way. If a certain student practices 3 days a week for a whole year that would add up to about 168 days. With 197 days not practiced. (boo)
During this contest students must remember to practice each and every day without missing a single one.
While it is totally possible to have learned some great things during those 168 days, there were so many “off” days in between that the skills being learned would have to be re-learned over and over during those good days.
With 100 in a row, skills can be built on rather than forgotten and re-learned over and over. It’s a pretty simple equation.
100 days in a row = Much quicker mastering of skills
100 days over a period of 300 days = Hard remembering and skill loss
16 thoughts on “100 Days of Flute Practice”
I will be 40 days into my 100 days! It is flying by and I already sound sooo much better. I just finished module 19 and can play flute one or two on greensleeves no problem 🙂
As of day 42 I got no practice in! The day was long and hectic. But still- I made it to 42, woohoo! Im just now on Module 20 and learning the Ash Grove. Thats a long way from “Go tell Aunt Rhody!” Obviously I’ll keep trying to play every day and will start the challenge fresh on the New Year with you all!
Super, Madelaine! You’re moving right along.. goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to something. Congratulations!
Sooooooooooo great, Madelaine! It works!!
Im in! I’ll be done on January 8, 2018. I’m memorizing “Go tell Aunt Rhody” right now, so we will see what I’ve learned in the 100 days then!
Wahoo! Madelaine- after 100 days,.. you’ll know so much! ~Rebecca
I’m on day 41! Anyone else practicing flute this summer? 🙂 I need to make a plan on what goals I have, for now I’m just practicing by my self and I do not know what the next step should be.
In my studio here we always start our official 100 days on January 1. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t do another challenge starting right now. 🙂 Let’s go for it!
Hehe ok. I’m just so new and eager to practice so I found out a challenge like this, I can manage quite well. On day 51 now 😀
Oh day 51 is FABULOUS!!! You’re going to definitely make it. You can help be in charge of motivation next time we start the challenge.
I’ve reached day number 100! I’m so HAPPY 😀 Looking forward to the next 100 days
Oh Anne, really?! I am totally sending you a congratulations. You deserve it. Let me know when you finish your next 100. Pat yourself on the back, and then bask in the new skills you have made habit. You’re going to be fabulous! ~Rebecca
OK Rebecca, I’m in on 1st August, with the 3 Ps behind me 🙂
AWESOME. Who is joining you?! ~ Rebecca
100 days… You’re on!
We are in the thick of the 100 days here in my home studio. I have dozens of flutists still in on Day 55. 🙂 Rebecca