I presented (for the first time!) at the Maryland Music Educators Association Conference. For those who were not able to attend my session (since you were busy or live in another state) and for those who wanted a chance to review the info, here is my presentation in a nutshell (but not literally "in a nutshell", although that would be an interesting delivery system):
THE REFLECTIVE MUSICIAN
Why Teach Reflection?
- Reflection is an inherent task in the Arts. An artist must evaluate what they produce in order to learn and grow from the experience.
- Growth is achieved through mistakes and successes. Students often focus on success or mistake, but not both; we must teach them to look at both.
- The more we practice Reflection, the more comfortable the process becomes. Have you ever watched a video of yourself teaching? My first experience was one of the most uncomfortable moment of my life; now I find the practice invaluable!