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Annual Practice Challenge

Each spring, the DGSP Practice Challenge motivates students to make the daily effort to improve at their instrument, while teachers in the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program use the time to teach good practice habits. 

Guidelines for Students

  • Practice time should be recorded by the time that you start and finish your practicing (e.g. 7:30-8:00) and total minutes that you practice each day. If you practice more than once in a day (or take a break between two practice sessions), write your time as 7:30-8:00, 8:55-9:15.

  • Practice is defined as time spent alone playing your instrument. Lessons, classes, and rehearsals do not count as practice time. Listening to a recording or practicing your bow hold while watching TV may be good exercises, but are not considered practice for this challenge.

  • Exercise good sportsmanship by keeping an accurate record of your practice time and have your parent/guardian sign at the bottom of the page.

  • The official scoring for the Practice Challenge combines total minutes practiced AND total days practiced. It is better to practice a little every day than a lot on one day.

  • Parents, be sure to support your child's efforts by submitting their practice log by the deadline at the end of each week. 

  • During the Practice Challenge stay up to date by checking our Leaderboards here and on Facebook.

Parent Involvement

  • Parents/guardians are vital to this challenge as cheerleaders, in monitoring your child's practice time for accuracy and reporting their hard work in the form of practice logs.

  • Encourage your child to practice to their full potential. Whether practicing with them for younger students or monitoring their practice time for older students, any support helps. For more information about how your child should be practicing, see "Practice Tips."

  • Be sure you are checking and signing your child's practice log before submitting it by the deadline each week.

  • Help your student check their progress on the leaderboard here on the website, or on Facebook!


Dorothy Gerber Strings Program

4233 Main St.

Bay Harbor, MI 49770


Dr. David Reimer, Music Director


Thank You
Community Partners


The DGSP is grateful to the Charlevoix County Community Foundation for their support in providing scholarships for students interested in individual lessons.

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