10. On Stage (Music, Art, Athletics, Drama, Speech, etc.)
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Performers can be taught to use questions to analyze and evaluate the elements of their performance. The questions are used to identify which aspects need modification, practice or refinement. For example, a singer may tape his or her performance and listen with a questioning ear and mind, asking such questions as:
This questioning is usually done by the coach or teacher who asks these kinds of questions from past experience with the standard criteria for excellence. A large part of the value of a mentor is the modeling of standard setting that they do. As the student internalizes the questions which point toward high quality performance, they become their own best critics.
The more opportunities you can provide for students to objectify their performance, the better questioners they can become. Audio and videotape, a typed manuscript, a transcription of a onversation help the performer ask and answer questions which will lead to improvement. In order to translate the information into a program of change, questions must convert data into recommendations. They are the vehicles for change.