I try to be as positive and encouraging as I can when I give my students feedback, either orally or in writing. Sometimes that requires tact. At other times, I can give honest praise, but that requires tact, too. What do I really think? Here are a few excerpts from my private notes on my students. They cover a broad range of feelings.
He didn’t practice much this week, and it really shows. He sounds horrible.
Her intonation is terrible today, much worse than usual. She recognizes it and says it’s because she didn’t have her usual cup of coffee this morning.
I asked the kid where his violin cover is, and he said, “On the living room floor.”
She forgot to bring her Suzuki book and argued with her mother about whose fault it was.
She is so talented and learns so quickly.
I’m tired of hearing about what an important person he is at work.
He is a good student – industrious, goal directed, and adventurous. Best of all, he really enjoys learning.
Her mother is so positive and full of praise. I wish my mother had been like that.
Brat!!! If he were my kid, I would have sent him to bed without dinner, no reprieve.
I’m so sad that he is moving away and this was his last lesson. I’ll really miss him.