Gibbs Reflective Cycle: Evaluating Our Progress

Evaluation Skills

Evaluation is an important skill to develop as a musician as it allows you to accurately analyse where you’re at with your music and how you can proceed forward to meeting your goals. Some ways that we will regularly use evaluation in our routine as musicians are:

  • Evaluating our practice routines and if we’ve met our SMART goals for the week
  • Evaluating our own performances
  • Evaluating rehearsals
  • Evaluating performances of others
  • Evaluating ours and others composition

Gibbs Reflective Cycle

We will be using the Gibbs Reflective Cycle as our framework as an evaluation tool. Eventually, the steps contained within this process will become second nature, however, when you are first learning to properly evaluate your learning, referencing the following diagram and the leading questions is important:



The first 3 steps (Description, Feelings, Evaluation) are relatively easy as they are just in fact recounting. The next 3 steps (analysis, conclusions and action) are more difficult as they require you to make sense of these facts and plan future actions. You’ll notice that this more or less aligns with or SOLO levels: the first 3 steps are at a multi-structural level, analysis is at a relational level and the conclusion and action are at an extended abstract level. The last 3 steps in this process become easier with time, although they are also highly context dependent (there are situations where making sense of all the facts is difficult, however, in the contexts we’re working in it’s not likely to be a major issue).

June 3, 2019