For young kids who take music lessons, Music Bucks encourage goal-setting while also making it fun for kids to practice an instrument. Music Bucks are a pretend currency that children earn for logging practice in their practice plan, and they are an extremely effective way to motivate a child to practice music. Parents set the value of rewards that their kids can buy with Music Bucks, but the calculation for how many Music Bucks they can earn for practice is standard for everyone. The following explains the Music Buck calculation.
Time practiced: 1 Music Buck for every 10 minutes of logged practice.
Assume a child logs a total of 151 minutes of practice for the week. He would earn $15 Music Bucks because of 151/10 = 15.1. If a child practiced 158 minutes in a week, it would be $16 Music Bucks because it gets rounded to the nearest Music Buck.
Daily goals achieved: $5 Music Bucks for each day a child completes all assigned goals.
Imagine a child is assigned a seven-day practice plan. If they complete one day, they earn 5 Music Bucks. If they complete two days, they earn 10 Music Bucks, and so on. They can earn 35 Music Bucks from completing all of the assigned skills for all seven days in the practice plan. Each time they complete a day's assigned practice, the day turns green on the calendar.
Entire practice plan achieved: We award an additional 50 extra Music Bucks when the entire practice plan is completed.
Assume again that a child is assigned a seven-day practice plan. Each day they complete the goals, the day turns green on the calendar. When all of the practice plan days turn green, we award 50 extra Music Bucks and the Perfect Practice Award!
The total number of Music Bucks earned is the sum of the three calculations above. We typically say that a good estimation is that a child can earn about 100 to 200 Music Bucks in a week.
Here are a few examples to illustrate:
EXAMPLE 1: Practice Plan goals from March 1 to March 7.
All seven days have practice plan goals. The total number of minutes assigned per day is 30 minutes.
If the child completes the entire practice plan, they will earn 106 Music Bucks.
EXAMPLE 2: Practice Plan goals from March 1 to March 7.
Only four days have practice plan goals.
Every day is the same with five skills assigned per day.
The total number of minutes assigned per day is 40 minutes.
If the child completes the entire practice plan, they will earn 86 Music Bucks.
EXAMPLE 3: Practice Plan goes from March 1 to March 7.
Only five days have practice plan goals.
The total number of minutes assigned per day is 60 minutes.
If the child completes the entire practice plan, they will earn 105 Music Bucks.
Also, note that kids earn Practice Stickers as they practice. Practice Stickers can earn more Music Bucks for kids because we have games that use stickers similar to raffle tickets. The more stickers kids earn, the more Music Bucks they can win!