Though you will only finish an individual Level or Special Program once in a while, that very fact makes each program’s Evaluation Form all the more important. While your teacher helps assess your progress at each lesson, those occasional Evaluation Forms are a key opportunity to assess your teacher’s progress. Your honest feedback is extremely important. It’s the only way your teacher gets to hear the truth about his or her abilities and effectiveness, and the truth is the most powerful tool to help your teacher honor both the responsibilities he or she has and the promises he or she makes. Through this, your teacher can become a better teacher — and a better person.
Due to Simply Music guidelines, Evaluation Forms must be fully and accurately completed. Just as with learning songs, then, it’s most effective to “control the events” and make sure that an Evaluation is completed properly the first time, so that you and your teacher can avoid spending time correcting mistakes. Your teacher will make an effort to simplify the process for you each time you are about to complete an evaluation form.
Even so, the more you understand how they are to be filled out, the better. Let’s take a look, then, at how to complete an Evaluation for a Foundation program. Forms for Special Programs may have some slightly different needs compared to what is mentioned here, but most of these guidelines will apply, and you can always ask your teacher for any clarification you may need for any Evaluation Form.
For numerous reasons, it is crucial that students themselves complete the forms in their entirety, though younger students certainly can do this with the help of a parent / life coach. The parent/coach should help only to the extent that either the student is unable to legibly fill something in on their own or the parent/coach wishes to add their own feedback about the program.
There are a few items that you could fill in upon beginning a new program, giving you a bit less to do when it’s time to complete the form at the end. If you haven’t done this yet with the programs you’re now working on, feel free to do so.
- Teacher’s Name: As appropriate.
- Student’s Name: As appropriate.
- Date Started: The date that the student actually began lessons, i.e., the date of your very first lesson (often but not always the Foundation Session).
While you are going through a program, refer to its Evaluation Form from time to time. Consider the questions it asks, and think about whether your teacher is doing his or her job in all of the areas mentioned. Wait, though, to fill in anything until the program is completed, since it’s your thoughts and feelings at that time that the form should reflect for posterity. Complete the rest of the form as follows.
- ID: Leave this blank — your teacher will take care of this.
- Age: Student’s age at the time the Evaluation is completed.
- Email address: Student’s/parent’s/coach’s current email address.
- No. of Lessons: The exact number of lessons that the student has had as of the completion of the Level being evaluated, i.e., the number of the lesson in which your teacher reviews the last assignment for that Level.
- Level: The number of the Level in which appears the piece you’ve presented for review in your most recent lesson.
- Music Selections: The student should individually list all pieces learned while going through the Level being evaluated. It is both important and valuable for the student to experience writing out the names of every song learned in any given level, especially if the student’s Playlist is managed via computer and not fully re-written each month. It is also extremely valuable information for the Simply Music organization to see, since the material covered over the course of a given Level can vary tremendously not only from teacher to teacher but even among a teacher’s own student body.
- Each individual, basic Foundation piece should be listed, along with any other titles added to the student’s Playlist between the start of the Level being evaluated and the lesson prior to the beginning of the next Level. Variations, Arrangements, Compositions, Accompaniments, and any other items the student tracks on the Playlist can be included, as long as they were learned during the course of the Level in question.
- Leave out all pieces added to the Playlist at any other times, i.e., either before the Level in question was started, or after the subsequent Level was started.
- If you have come to combine pieces as part of your unique practice routine and consolidating your Playlist, you may include them, as long as it is not in lieu of the listing the given Level’s basic Foundation pieces individually.
- No. in Playlist: The exact number of pieces in the entire Playlist at the time the Evaluation is completed.
- Remaining Questions: Answer all as honestly as you can and as thoroughly as you like.
- Signature and Date: The evaluation must be signed and dated by the student and/or parent.
The completed Evaluation Form for a given Level is due at the lesson after the one in which your teacher reviews the last assignment for that Level, i.e., it should be turned in at the lesson whose number is one more than the No. of Lessons you’re including on the Evaluation Form. Assuming you do this on time, the form will be as simple as possible to complete.
For example, your 25th lesson takes place on September 1, 2009. There, you present your final Level 1 assignment and begin your first Level 2 piece. The No. of Lessons is 25 for your Level 1 Evaluation Form. If you complete the form prior to your September 8 lesson, i.e., your 26th lesson, then enter 1 for Level, turn in your form, and all will be set.
If you are unable to complete your Evaluation Form on time, there is a bit more for you to think about and write, as follows. Using the same example situation as above, if you wait until after the September 8 lesson to complete the form, then:
- No. of Lessons remains 25, but because of the delay in completing the form, please add “as of 9/1/09” beside this number. This will make clear how much time passed between your Date Started and that 25th lesson by which you’d completed the Musical Selections you’re including on the form.
- For Level, enter 2, because by now you would have presented a Level 2 song for review in your most recent lesson. (Hopefully you won’t wait until Level 3 or later to complete a Level 1 Evaluation, but if you did, then you would write that number here!)
- For No. in Playlist, you may provide either the complete number at the time the Evaluation is completed, or you can indicate the smaller number that was the case as of September 1, in which case you’d add the “as of 9/1/09” note beside this number as well for clarity.
You can see, though, that it’s to your advantage to simply complete the form within the first week after completing a program, turning it in on time at the subsequent lesson.
Hopefully these guidelines will help you effectively complete your Evaluation Forms. Your teacher will truly appreciate being able to review your feedback.
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