Inspired by my “aha!” moment a few weeks ago and by the need for my students to be well-prepared for our Music Progressions (a curriculum for independent music teachers that was written by teachers in our state music teachers association) evaluation program, I created a Piece Description Worksheet. I separated the description areas according to the level requirements of Music Progressions, but it could easily be adapted to any course of study. I tried it out for the first time tonight on a 9-year old student. I showed him which sections were required and then said that if he wanted to fill in the more advanced levels as well I would give him extra points at his next lesson. He replied, “Wow! Cool! Can I use Google to help find the information? And can I have my Mom and Dad help me?” I answered in the affirmative, inwardly quite pleased at how well my plan had worked. Of course we’ll know at his next lesson whether it really worked or not!