Our AHMA points system is a great incentive for students to keep up with their practicing and work hard in lessons! Students who participate can earn prizes throughout the year as well as certificates, medals, and our Outstanding Musician Award given out at our spring recital.
Students can pick up the green practice points cards at their lesson, either from their teacher or from the hallway desk. These can be used to keep track of practice time throughout the week. At the next lesson, the student can turn in the card to earn points towards small prizes such as candy, gum, or small toys, as well as points towards the end-of-year awards.
There are other ways to accumulate points as well, and these are listed below.
Points awarded by using the point cards:
- 6th grade and under receives 5 points for every 30 minutes practiced (that’s a point for every 6 minutes), and 1 point for each day practiced.
- 7th grade and above receives 5 points for every 45 minutes practiced (one point for every 9 minutes), and 1 point for each day practiced.
Extra-curricular (note these on card):
- 5 points for attending a concert or recital of classical or sacred music
- 5 points for attending a musical
- 15 points per semester for participation in a music ensemble outside AHMA
- 5 points for performing a piece in public outside of AHMA
Points awarded by teacher:
- 1 point per week for positive attitude, conduct in lesson, bringing materials, etc.
- 5 points per week for accomplishing all goals from the previous lesson
- 5 points per semester for technical achievement (scales, chords, arpeggios, hand position, finger technique, etc.)
- 10 points for completing a level of a method book
- 10 points for completing a theory book
- 20 points for completing Whitlock Theory book on your grade level
- 5 points for doing a report on a composer of the student’s choice
- 10 points for composing and notating a piece
- 10 points per piece performed in a competition or for a judge
- 10 points for performing in each AHMA recital
- 10 points for performing in an ensemble at an AHMA recital
- 20 points for taking the Whitlock Theory test
Students taking more than one instrument will keep points separate for each instrument. Please note instrument on your practice points card. Extra-curricular points, however, can be applied to all instruments.
- Outstanding Musician Award – The student from each division (upper and lower grade levels) with the highest point total is awarded this honor.
- Outstanding Musician Runner-Up – The student from each division with the second-highest point total is awarded this honor.
- Gold Medal – Students with at least 800 points will receive this award.
- Silver Medal – Students with 600 to 799 points will receive this award.
- Bronze Medal – Students with 500 to 599 points will receive this award.
- Honor Certificate – Students with 15 to 499 points will receive this award.
This may seem complicated, but all the student needs to keep track of is weekly practice times and extra-curricular activities, and the teachers take care of the rest!