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Free Music Award Certificates | Music, Piano, Choir, Band, Etc.

As the calendar turns to May, the end of the school year is in sight for many music educators. With the conclusion of an academic year comes the opportunity to recognize students’ accomplishments and contributions throughout the year. Whether in a classroom setting, private lessons, or  even homeschool setting, year-end awards leave kids feeling great about their growth, and maybe even motivated to put in some extra practice over the summer.

The library of free printable music award certificates at MakingMusicFun.net makes it  attractive and meaningful awards for your students. With 30+ different colorful certificate designs, you can find a style that is just right for your kids, or even choose a variety of styles so that each one is unique. Many certificates allow you to fill in the reason for the award. The certificates below, for example include a “presented to” blank followed by a “for” or a “has” blank, so you can customize the award as you like.

Download and Print Free General Music Award Certificates

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Other certificates are designated for band, orchestra,  or choir, and there’s even a recorder award! A promotion certificate is also available to mark a transition to a new level of any sort.

Download and Print Music Ensemble Award Certificates


Click on any certificate above to view and print, or view the whole collection of free music award certificates here. Print in color on heavy paper or card stock for highest quality appearance.

Need some ideas for year-end awards beyond participation or completion? Here are a couple of approaches to help you honor your students’ work. These might take some time, but could make a big difference to your kids.

Recognize Character Traits. Music tends to both reveal and build character. Consider calling out the unique traits you have seen your students display. Awards might include perseverance, diligence, reliability, encouragement, creativity, helpfulness, initiative, leadership, inclusiveness, and many more.

Award Specific Musical Skills. Take note of the musical contributions each student made in a group setting or recognize specific areas of excellence for students’ individual playing. Kids find a specific compliment much more meaningful than a general “good job.” For example, you might recognize technical proficiency, musicality, expressiveness, accuracy, range, rhythm, fingering, tone, or other skills specific to the musical setting. Improvement in any of these areas can be pointed out, too.

However you choose to award your students, they will appreciate their hard work and improvement being recognized. Create a scrapbook-worthy certificate that will help them take pride in how far they’ve come and encourage them to keep on improving.


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Free Music Practice Charts, Incentives and Award Certificates

Logging regular practice time is essential to music students’ progress. Motivating students to adopt good practice habits can be a challenge, however. A few appealing tools can help students enjoy tracking their practice time, see progress towards their goals, and see rewards for their efforts.

1. Practice Charts. Keeping a practice log is a great way to make practicing a daily habit. For younger students, choose a practice chart that simply records whether they practiced on a given day. (The link below includes a color-in chart that’s easy to use and visually represents their practice sessions.) Older students will benefit from charts that record the number of minutes practiced. They can work with their teacher to set reasonable goals and then track their progress with one of the four different designs of practice charts below.

Get Free Printable Practice Charts (12 Designs)

2. Beethoven Bucks. It would be nice if students’ practice was always intrinsically motivated, simply for the love of music. Realistic music teachers know that’s not the case. For younger students especially, the promise of long-term improvement isn’t immediate enough to make daily practice sessions appealing. That’s where Beethoven Bucks come in. Work with your students to set goals and determine the Beethoven Bucks awards for meeting them  (a list of suggested goals and rewards, along with goal tracking sheets, are included with the package).

Decide in advance what the Beethoven Bucks will allow the students to purchase, and at what cost. These might include physical prizes of various values, from inexpensive sheet music or snacks to larger gift cards or whatever else you may have available. Bucks could also buy intangibles, like privileges or experiences, such as attending a local concert, bringing a friend to a lesson, or anything else you know your students would enjoy.

Get Printable Beethoven Bucks

Student Goal Sheet with Teacher and Student Selected Goals
17 Recommended Goals w/Suggested Beethoven Buck Amounts
One Sheet of 1’s
One Sheet of 5’s
One Sheet of 20’s

3. Music Report Card. Communication regarding students’ progress can also serve as a motivator. It can be difficult for students to gauge their own progress, so getting feedback from their teacher on a regular basis is important. Students who do practice regularly and improve as a result will see the fruits of their efforts in your positive reports. The simple report card format below is easy for you to use, with a blank for each week in the quarter and a space for an overall quarterly grade. You can use traditional letter grades or a system of your own to indicate students’ overall progress or track a specific aspect of their development.

Get Free Printable Music Report Card

4. Music Award Certificates. Words of commendation from a respected teacher can go a long way. In addition to regular affirmation, mark specific accomplishments with an award certificate. Follow the link below for over 30 different music award certificates for various situations. Many are general enough to be used for whatever achievements you would like, whether it is meeting a practice goal or reaching other goals through faithful practice.

Get Free Printable Music Award Certificates


Ultimately, you can’t decide for students whether or not they will practice each day. You can, however, provide the tools and motivation to encourage them to do so.


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Music Award Certificates

Free Clown Music Practice Record/Goal Chart

Want to give your elementary music lesson students a fun challenge? Provide them with a copy of this free clown music practice chart and challenge them to practice for 14 days (two weeks) without missing a day.

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Each day your student practices they record their practice by coloring a balloon. When the final balloon is colored they return the practice record to their teacher to share what they achieved. The teacher may choose a variety of goals from just doing something every day, to a 20 minute, 30 minute, or 1 hour per day goal.

For some students recognition of their achievement will be enough. You could even reward them with a music award certificate signed by their music teacher. Other students may like a prize for meeting their goal. Decide on a reasonable prize that parents can provide before beginning the practice challenge. It might be an ice cream cone or a game from their iPad.

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