You?ve probably had this happen before during practice sessions or music lessons. You?re playing/singing a piece of music and it sounds great, but luckily you decided to record it to critique it later. Once you listen to it, you realize that it really doesn?t sound as great as you though. This is a common occurrence because of perception and typically people are too busy trying to play/sing the piece and can?t focus on listening to what they are performing.
As teachers, you know how your students sound during music lessons, but is that what the students are hearing?
Recording music lessons is a great way to be sure the students are on the same page as the teachers. You don?t have to let the student know they are being recorded, but once they are having success with a piece, or you think there is a technique they should be working on, record the session and play it back at the end. For some students, this can be discouraging since in their minds they could think they sound amazing. Recording music lessons an be a great way to point out smaller flaws in the sound that the student cannot hear while they are playing, or point out a part that they are excelling at.
Recording music lessons can also be a great way to show the students how far they?ve come. Students often get discouraged and feel like they?re not making any progress. If you?ve recorded one of their earlier lessons, you can play it when they feel like they?ve hit a wall. Record the student playing a current piece of music and then play it right after listening to the older lesson.