I just read the phrase, “as if they were their own teacher” on a FB page of independent teachers, in regards to how a student would do self-evaluation, including:
- Finding three things they did well
- Finding a couple of things they’d like to fix
- Figuring out how to fix them
This was based on the idea of submitting a video to a teacher in the event that you were unable to make your lesson that week. The teacher would then review the practice video and give his/her own observations and suggestions. I thought this was a really great option. I’m thinking of making this an option in the fall.
So here’s a challenge for you this summer:
- Video your practice session (you can use your phone) as if it were a lesson. Include:
- Do each song all the way through without stopping
- Stop and address the issues you need to address
- Watch the session – either afterwards, or stop after vocalises
- Evaluate it
- Were your vocalises varied enough?
- Did you vocalize long enough?
- Were the things you stopped and addressed the things you should have stopped and addressed? Did you leave anything out?
- What did you do well? (There must have been something.)
- What do you need to address the next time you practice? How are you going to address this? When?
- Is there anything you noticed that you need to ask me about?
I’m going to try to do this too. Let’s see what happens.