Critical reflection diary template – a resource for music service tutors

Screenshot from the critical reflection diary

Click the image above or this link to download the resource

Hertfordshire Music Service (HMS), the lead organisation in Changing Tracks, has  created a critical reflection diary for music tutors to use to help with  their reflective practice. You can read our blog on reflective practice here, and watch a video of tutors talking about the benefits here

In a nutshell, reflective practice is when you ‘do, review and improve’ and is an effective tool in recording your student’s outcomes and progress. It’s also helpful in:

  • helping others in your organisation and beyond to understand – and value – what happens in sessions
  • collating evidence for evaluation for funders 
  • and to capture youth voice. 

Our critical reflection diary enables you to jot down your thoughts in a quick, easy way – either electronically or on paper. It asks you key questions that you can answer during, or come back to at the end of, your sessions.  

These questions are:

  1. What went well?
  2. What didn’t?
  3. What signs of musical progress or understanding did you notice?
  4. Did some young people engage differently or to a lesser degree?
  5. What could you do differently next time?
  6. What signs of personal and social outcomes did you notice?
  7. What did the young people say about the session?

We encourage HMS tutors to refer to the relevant parts of our outcomes framework when reflecting, and you may wish to do the same. We’ve also provided our outcomes framework as part of this download, but you can remove it.

We hope that our critical reflection diary will help you capture your thoughts easily and quickly after each session (or where you see fit).

You can download it here: Critical reflection diary for music tutors

Are there any key questions you would add that you think are missing? If so, contact us at

Changing Tracks is a programme of peer support and learning for and with music services wanting to improve equality, diversity and inclusion. It is run by Hertfordshire Music Service and funded by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. It was previously called MusicNet East. We help music services to be more inclusive by providing a peer network facilitated by Music Mark, funding for action research, support and challenge, advice and resources.

Find out more about us, or check out the other resources and blogs on this site for more helpf for music services, or visit the AMIE Musical Inclusion Resource Hub for more inclusion tools and guidance, blogs, videos, and case studies, to help you break down barriers to music-making.

More from the Blog