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How to measure a student's progress?

These are the questions that parents ask most often: "Is she progressing?, "Why is he playing the same songs for a long time?" or "When will she be done with this book?"

To begin the discussion, we need to know our student's age, level, individual pattern of learning and, first of all, not to forget to define the meaning of the word "progress" applied in music teaching. Is it moving from easy to more complicated pieces? Or learning a new theory concept? Or polishing a piece for the recital?

When you hear the same song, practiced by your late beginner player for over a month ( which may be not an easy task for your ears), try to recall what it sounded like a couple of weeks ago. Ask your child if she can now play it by heart, with accurate rhythm, fluently and with greater confidence.

Look at the lesson record, may be there is an important concept or a technical skill your child is trying to master, or, may be, it makes sense to put this song in a "closet" for a while and to try to bring it to the state of completion some time later.

Together with the student we decide what should be accomplished in the piece to make it sound best to his "own" judgment, and when it is time to mark it as "done". (We don't necessarily aim to polish a piece, unless we are preparing for a recital.)

And it is when our students work to achieve each little goal, step by step, they build a foundation for new skills and learn that music is an art. And art means work, dedication, and learning new concepts. Rewarded by the result, students know they are moving on, and that is the greatest joy and true motivation for continuing successful learning and progress.

By: Asya On Monday, 12 October 2009 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(166)