Feedback is an established tool for continuous improvement in education, sports and the business world. In music, students can learn to effectively gauge their own performance and develop strategies for improvement by engaging in reflective practice. Reflective practice is an active, dynamic action-based and ethical set of skills, placed in real time and dealing with real, complex and difficult situations.’One way that students can engage in reflective practice is to record themselves practising. Reflective practice has never been easier to engage in – we live in a digital world with a plethora of devices, such as smart phones, that enable recording and replaying.To get the most out of reflective practice, learners can ask themselves key questions as they listen to their recording:
- What was best about my playing?
- What could have been even better?
- What were my strengths?
- What were my weaknesses?
John Holmes, ABRSM’s Chief Examiner suggests that: ‘weaker areas are the clue for your next practice session, and can help you focus your work.’ Reviewing your recording will help establish what to focus on for future practice sessions. Practise right with ABRSM Music Case. Music Case is a free practice tracking app helps you to organise and reflect on your practice, making practice time more effective. #Practiceimproved www.abrsm.org/musiccase Reference Moon, J. (1999), Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice, Kogan Page, London.