This is an idea for encouraging (extra credit) with violin lessons. It is reward based. What the awards are is up to the teacher. Post the board with how many points each student had earned, up to date, in the room where the students wait or where you teach. All students can see how many points they had earned.
Ideas for earning points:
1 point - get a silver sticker on the practice sheet
1 point - play 3 scales correctly(keep track of what scale they use)
2 point - play 1 piece from memory (you can only us the piece once)
2 point - perform at a school function
1 point - practice 60 minutes more than required(requires proof from a parent)
2 point - play in a contest
1 point - go to an orchestra concert - bring me a program
1 point - go to a violin recital- bring me a program
2 point - perform at a church or place of worship
2 point - write a 1 page essay on the composer of your solo
1 point - learn a piece of music on your own and perform it WELL for your teacher
1 point - write a one page essay on a classical violinist
1 point - play your etude correctly all the way through with a metronome
3 point - play in a violin recital
As you can see, there are suggestions for all skill and age level students.
A teacher can furnish the awards or have contracts drawn up that the parents and student both sign. The contacts state the number of points needed to be earned to receive the award.
The teacher keeps the contracts and when the student has earned the number of points the parent thought was good for an award, send the contract home with the student and the contract is presented to the parents and that award is given.
These need not be expensive awards. A CD, DVD, book, ice cream, dinner out, party, rent a movie. Students are usually pretty good at coming up with ideas.