Pre-Recital Self Assessment

Our spring recital was yesterday, so last week’s lessons were the last chance to get some feedback before the big event. I always like to record the kids so they can watch their own playing afterwards. This time we watched the recording and then used Pianimation’s Smile-O-Meter for a self-assessment, which I highly recommend, especially when used with a recording.

I find that the kids often have no idea how well they’ve done right after they’ve played. It helps to have watched it all the way through, and then break things down into notes, rhythm, details, and technique. I also find that some kids automatically think they were wonderful and some kids automatically think they were terrible. This is a good way to talk about bringing both those opinions closer to reality.