Reflective Practice is an essential skill for community music practitioners, it helps you Improve your personal effectiveness as a music teacher, facilitator or enabler.
The basic cycle is
Do: Run a workshop or music project
Reflection: Think about what you did, noting what went well, what could have been done better, any problems
Review: make some general observations, why did things go well, how could you prevent things going wrong in future?
Revise: the next event bearing in mind your observations
Then you go and Do again and so on . . .
Within your reflection you may want to follow this sequence:
- What Happened, describe it in total and identify any major problems/successes
- What you felt about it,
- Why you think the thing happened the way it did and how you can scrutinise and interpret what's happened.
- How will you change your next session?
My simple example:
- I ran a workshop and everyone liked it
- I felt relieved that they liked it
- I had prepared well, and was able to add extra activities from to accommodate slow learners
- I’ll always make a plan and make sure that I learn some more extra activities
Think of a recent music session and write down everything that happened
Apply your reflection to the session