Maybe I'm missing something obviously available out there, but why aren't there formalized tests (both playing and theory) that we can use to motivate the students to work to a certain level? I'm thinking something developed by the Fabers for use at the end of a level; like a semester test at school. As much as I didn't like some things about the Bastien method, I like how they developed a method of stickers for reaching many levels, such as knowing all your 5 finger positions, being able to name all the key signatures; all in the logical order for the method used. I suppose I could come up with my own, but somehow having an "official" test would make the test be taken more seriously by a student.