Creating your music tutor’s log as part of evaluation.
This blog is part of a series that begins here.
As a music leader or tutor, your role is critical in helping the wider team, and whoever funded or commissioned the programme, to understand the value and impact of the sessions, what works well and what can be improved.
Keeping a tutor’s log is critical for this type of work. It doesn’t need to be detailed – just a few notes at the end of each session.
Your notes should capture two perspectives: your own, and the young person’s. This can include:
- Your own thoughts and feelings about the sessions; any challenges or successes and how you/they responded; what worked well, what could be improved, anything you learned about the young person or yourself.
- Your observations and feedback on the young person’s/young people’s experience of the sessions and their progress. You have an important role in helping them to reflect on what’s happening for them, how it’s affecting them – and to express these views and feelings. Capture direct quotes as well as notes.
Capturing evidence from young people needs to be part of the natural flow of the session and feel like a conversation rather than an interview.
So alongside direct questions, use indirect questions.
Modelling this process of ‘critical reflection’ with the young person builds their capacity to fully appreciate when they have taken a step forward and to identify what they need to focus on next. This works for personal and social development just as much as musical skills.
Make sure the person who contracted you or your line manager has discussed with you what indicators of progress to record.