How we determine points for Student of the Month
Individual Weekly Showcase video marks = 100 possible points per week
100 possible points per week for your attitude
1 point every time you sign in to Virtual Piano Academy
1 point every time you go to your Lesson Portal
1 point every time you participate in The Academy HIVE
1 point every time you read an article in our Help Centre (you've received a point for reading this article!)
1 point every time you check the Calendar of Events
1 point every time you log your practice
1 point every time you work on a Topic of the Month activity
20 points each time you post a "Musical Moment" (check your Lesson Portal for more information on how to participate in this)
Bonus points for participating in a Monthly Challenge, posting a Success Story, or contributing to your Goal Diary
We also manually assign additional points to students for the following:
Helpful responses and comments in The Academy HIVE
Pushing through a challenge
Resourcefulness (eg: still managing to practice during a 2-day blackout, or smashing through lots of Topic of the Month resources because you were unable to get to a piano all week etc).
NOTE: For students who are under 13 (and have a parent supervising their piano studies) any of the above activities undertaken by a parent on behalf of their child, contributes points towards your child's account.
Final Monthly Points Tally
Your final points tally for each month is final and non-negotiable. We use a sophisticated webpage event tracking system that shows us the activity you have made on the website each month. This data is then used to tally up everyone's points and determine our Student of the Month. We DO NOT share this data with anyone, including students and parents. The only people who are allowed to view this data are Virtual Piano Academy staff. We also then manually assign points for various student activities, attitudes and improvements on top of this.
We will not show you a breakdown of your points if you ask.
Every student has the same opportunity to get Student of the Month, no matter what level, age or location you are at.
Points re-set on the first day of each new month and it's a clean slate for everyone, so it's completely possible to be awarded Student of the Month multiple times.
Do higher grades get more points?
Nope. We don't award more points for those who do higher grades (and therefore practice more at that level). Everything is relative. A complete beginner has just as much chance of receiving "Student of the Month" as a student preparing for 8th grade and who practices 2 hours a day. It's based on your current level, and a lot of what we award points for is attitude-based.
Student of the Month Prize
You might be wondering what you actually receive for winning Student of the Month?
You are showered with praise and acknowledgement from Virtual Piano Academy teachers and other students, and you get to feel proud and awesome for your amazing achievement.
We write up an announcement about your achievement and post it to The Academy HIVE, to the Virtual Piano Academy social media channels, and we send out the announcement of your success in our email newsletter.
You receive a Student of the Month certificate, which you can frame and put on your wall, or show your family and friends (see sample certificate below).
When You First Join Virtual Piano Academy
You don't start collecting points (and therefore can't get Student of the Month) the very first month you are a student with us.
Example: if you join Virtual Piano Academy on March 20, you won't be able to start collecting points until April 1 and the first Student of the Month you will be eligible for will be the month of April (not the month of March).
Student of the Month Announcements
Student of the Month is announced on the first weekday of each month. You can keep track of all Student of the Month announcement dates in our Calendar of Events.
If you have received Student of the Month, you will be emailed your certificate on this day.
You also don't get a Progress Report for the first month you are a student with us.
Example: if you join Virtual Piano Academy on March 20, you won't receive a Progress Report for March. Your teacher will start allocating marks and points for you from 1 April, and you will receive your first Progress Report (for the month of April) on the first weekday of May. You can read more about Progress Reports here.
What Happens When You're On Holidays?
If you take holidays, you obviously won't receive points or marks for Weekly Showcase submissions that you miss, but because of this, it also makes you ineligible for Student of the Month in the months that you are away. If you are away over two months (eg: end of May and start of June), you will be ineligible to receive Student of the Month for both of these months. You also don't receive progress reports for the months you are away, in the same fashion as above.
No Student of the Month Awarded for January or December
No Student of the Month is award for January or December, due to these being short months as a result of the Christmas break.
What if I'm trying really hard but just never get Student of the Month?
Keep working hard! Whoever else has won "Student of the Month" previously, has also worked really hard and 100% deserves to win Student of the Month, just like you will deserve it when you finally get it. We encourage everyone to congratulate those who receive Student of the Month, even if you wish it was you...because when it's your turn to get it, you'll appreciate others giving you praise.
We monitor the progress, attitude (that includes attitude towards challenges, how you respond to criticism and how you treat others who achieve success) and commitment of every Academy student extremely closely. If you continue to focus, work hard and have the right attitude, it won't' be long before you're rewarded for this!