I've had several teenagers over the last few years asking me to write an assessment for them for the Duke of Edinburgh;s Award, and sometimes I find this quite difficult
It's an easy matter if the goal is to pass a grade (or, say, a swimming certificate, etc) but when they are just "doing piano" for their DofE, it's not quite so cut-and-dried. I end up waffling slightly and saying "Jason has continued to practise every week and has made reasonable progress" which is not terribly measurable. Sometimes it's been someone I have been teaching for years already, sometimes it's someone who only takes up the keyboard in order to fulfill that section of the award, does minimal practice, but turns up to the lessons until I have filled in the form and just vanishes into thin air, but sometimes it can be the start of something lovely - as in the boy I have now had for a term and a half who had done nothing up to the age of 15 in the way of music, mum bought him a digital piano, I signed his form ages ago but he still works and turns up and has been carrying on with this, and we have a brilliant working relationship now.
I.m sure many of you have to write this kind of thing for them from time to time, so I wondered if anyone has a sort of basic "template" which they use or adapt. Should I comment on their strengths and weaknesses, should I list pieces they've played, should I go into details about aspects of music that they have learnt over the past term? As it needs a start date, what do I put, if the student has already been with me for four years?