Post-Performance Assessment to Support Your Growth as an Artist
As mentioned in my previous article, Taking a Mental Time-Out After a Performance, it is best to schedule an assessment at least two days after the performance. This time period allows you to objectively review your performance. Now, let’s begin your post-performance assessment. Approximately 30-60 minutes is needed to effectively complete this process. Make this an ongoing practice at least two days after each performance. It is time well spent.
Copy and paste the following Post-Performance Assessment into a document (such as, Google Docs or MicroSoft Word).
Day/Date, Name of Event, Location of Performance
After each statement, rate yourself on a scale of 1 – 10. Add any insightful notes to help you improve your performances moving forward.
(1 = disagree strongly and 10 = agree completely)
If you are playing in a group or band, you may also comment on how the group performed as a unit where applicable. Remember, this assessment is to improve your overall performance, therefore, keep the main focus on you.
- My clothing looked great, was easy to move and breathe in, and fit the image of the artist I am. ____
- My mental attitude was confident and focused. ____
- I communicated authentically in body language, speaking, and singing. ____
- I stayed connected to the essence of each song. ____
- I connected with the audience (including my visual focus). ____
- Considering the THROGA 7 Dimensions of Singing, throughout the performance, overall how vocally fit was my instrument? ____
Rate on a scale of 1-10 and comment on each:
- Flexibility ____
- Breathing ____
- Intonation ____
- Range ____
- Tone ____
- Articulation ____
- Strength ____
- My phrasing, rhythm, timing, and dynamics were effective and supported the message of the music.
- My mic technique was good.
- I was happy with the sound in the monitor and main speakers.
- Mistakes during my performance did not interrupt the overall quality.
Answer the following questions to gain further clarity about your performance:
- Approximately how many people attended?
- What songs went over the best?
- Did the pacing of the show feel strong or were there any “dead” spots?
- Did anything I say not go over well?
- Is there anything else that I could do to improve my next performance?
AUTHOR: ANITA G. HOUSER