Category Archives: reflective practice journal

Reflective practice journal themes

‘Reflection is learning through experience… It is a complex activity that requires the individual to develop a set of skills required for problem solving’ (Jennifer Moon)


I have been struggling with how to start writing entries for my ‘Reflective Practice Journal’ (part of my ‘Integrative studies’ module – again, don’t ask), so I thought I would try and brainstorm a few ideas that would help me focus my thoughts:

  • How I practise (and how I should be practising!)
  • New ways of working/practising and learning to implement them so I get the best out of them
  • What I learn from lessons/rehearsals/masterclasses and how this will improve my playing
  • Reflections on life at music college (versus life at university)
  • Evaluation of performances
  • Problems with my playing and how to overcome them
  • Experiences of the profession eg gigs, side by side projects
  • Learning new techniques
  • New repertoire – background, why chosen, what recordings I listen to
  • General reflections on life as a musician or viola playing

Now, I suppose I have to start writing it….

Goals for my year at RSAMD

Since I have to write about these anyway for my ‘learning contract’ (don’t ask), I thought I might as well post them here. Surprisingly, it was more useful than I thought it would be, as it has helped me see what I want to get out of my year at RSAMD, which is quite a short time, so it will help me to focus on what I *want* to do rather than what I am *told* to do.

  • To become a more mature and professional musician, developing mastery over my instrument and increasing my skills of interpretation
  • To increase my repertoire as a musician, including solo, chamber and orchestral works and newer works
  • To improve my playing technically and musically, for example eliminating bad habits that have crept in during years without instruction, so that I become overall a better viola player
  • To spend a significant part of my time developing my skills as a chamber musician, through small group work including string quartets (perhaps focussing less on orchestral work to allow time for this)
  • To develop my confidence and professionalism in performance by taking part regularly in solo and chamber recitals, master classes and performance classes and other performance opportunities
  • To gain experience of a career as a professional musician through taking part in side by side and apprenticeship schemes and experiencing life at the Academy
  • To gain experience of teaching environments and the use of music in a wider context than I am familiar with in order to see whether I would be interested in teaching as a career option

Hmm, let’s see how many of these I can actually achieve….