I try to keep my kids excited by what is going on at my music studio and it begins at the door when they come in.
I have a “What’s New” pocket board just inside the door for them to see as they enter. It has pockets and name cards. I use this to hold their birthday greetings, pencils, ribbons of achievement, bookmarks, student of the month certificates, etc.
This let’s everyone know who is doing what and for some students this is all they need to set up a competition with other students.
I have had some of my girl students use the board to send others messages. That is something to get jazzed about!