Solo Performance: Developing a Peer Feedback Framework

Peer Feedback

Regular performance in class is an important element in your learning. It will help you to build confidence in the pieces you are preparing, identify areas that need work and grow your abilities as a performer. Self evaluation is a critical part of the learning process, but often their are details that we miss when we focus on ourselves. Other times we’re to hard or easy on ourselves. Thus, seeking the feedback of others is very important for our development as musicians. The teacher is one source of information, however, they are not the only source and your peers are also viable and valuable sources of feedback (sometime more so than the teacher).

 

Developing a Peer Feedback Framework

The skills to give effective peer feedback can take time to develop, and there can be several barriers to students feeling comfortable giving feedback. Take 5 minutes to think about the advantages and disadvantages that you see in peer feedback, how confident you feel with the process and maybe some experiences you’ve had with peer feedback (both in receiving and giving) and then post some thoughts onto the padlet below.

 

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Developing a Peer Feedback Framework 

In order to grow your skills at giving feedback to fellow performers and make that feedback more structured, you are going to co-construct a peer feedback form that can be used when students are giving performances in class. To do this, you will do the following:

  1. On the padlet below, as a class, you will develop our classroom tikanga for classroom performances and peer feedback. Here you need to think about how the process of performing and the feedback cycle can be approached safely and constructively for all parties.
  2. Once you’ve finished the padlet, form into groups based on instrument (vocal, piano, guitar etc). Each group will develop their own instrument specific feedback form.
  3. Read through the solo performance standards (found in our course guides). You’ll notice that they refer to musical and technical skills. You’ll need to unpack these and think about what they look like on your instrument.
  4. Develop a set of criteria for assessment of a performance using the above. You should have at least 3 different criteria for musical and technical skills at a minimum. You should also consider performance skills.
  5. Your teacher will share a Google form with you as a template to modify. This will allow you to create a digital peer feedback form that can be reused when needed.
  6. Populate the Google form with your criteria. The template provided includes options of linear scales and paragraph answers. You can modify these as you see fit.

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June 3, 2019