Use this sheet, together with your student to support and motivate them towards longer term targets. This might be a month of lessons or learning a recital piece. The sheet works from your student's chosen goal, called the 'headline focus'. From here, students breakdown the elements they need to work on to achieve their goal. These elements will be unique to each student but might include technique development, expression, improving certain rhythmic patters etc.
Start from the top of the triangle and fill this part in first, with your student. Enjoy the discussion as students share their goals, opinions on how to facilitate them and personal interests.
The filling in of the boxes below the triangle can be totally student led or can be the basis of a joint discussion. For example, students can choose the activity they wish to undertake for each section or you can provide suggestions. Students can also choose when to work on each activity. This offers autonomy balanced with gently holding students to account on broad practice and learning strategies.
There is also space for students to reflect on the process in the 'feeling at start' and 'feeling at end' boxes. Encourage students to place emojis or a score out of 10 in these boxes based on how eager they are before and after the activity. This opens discussion on what might be holding the student back or on how to make certain activities more engaging.
The follow on box can be filled with learning strategies to carry into the next project.