I have a colleague who does not put markings on her students’ scores. She wants them to notice dynamics, etc. without marking. She’s very successful with her approach, and it’s gotten me thinking about whether I’m making my students dependent on me. I mark a lot! So, I’ve developed a new approach that works for me. See what you think.
I just can’t join the pristine page club. I mark my own music all the time. So, I am now having the student always mark their own music. Having them mark for themselves encourages them to own the problem themselves. I do insist that they use pencil, not pen or marker.
I’m also now making it a point to communicate overtly what the ultimate goal is — that they see the expression marks without needing to highlight them. This is a principle of teaching that I find so helpful in general. Always make sure the student understands what the ultimate expectation is. They need to know before beginning the learning process what success looks and sounds like.
What are your thoughts about marking students’ scores?