New on MusicGurus: Challenge assignments. Check out this how-to guide for tutors.

Challenge assignments” are a new feature that allows students to submit work in any format and get 1-to-1 feedback from industry pros via an easy to use tutoring interface.

Challenges feature and 1-2-1 feedback on

Challenges feature and 1-2-1 feedback on

The challenges give students short term goals to focus on as they progress through a course, and the direction and motivation they get from interacting with a world-class industry pro like you!

For tutors the system is designed so that you can easily manage a lot of students simultaneously and fit tutoring sessions around the rest of your musical commitments. Each session should take no more than 15 minutes of your time, helping you reach more students and generate more income.

It’s that simple!

Online feedback has a number of benefits for both students and tutors. It makes good use of everyone’s time, gives the tutor time to think through a good response and provides the student with trusted feedback they can review over and again. As a tutor, your role is simply to provide clear and concise feedback on student output (a video, an audio recording, project files, documents) explaining how well they have completed the challenge and what they can do to improve.

Video is a great medium for delivering verbal and non-verbal feedback and using demonstrations. If you’re using video (live or pre-recorded) try to focus the camera on head and shoulders but allow space to capture hand gestures and your instrument (if relevant).

How it works:

  • You get an e-mail notification whenever a student submits a file
  • To leave feedback, you can write a message or record a video directly into your laptop webcam or phone at the click of a button.
  • Once the challenge is complete you end the session and your student can move on to the next challenge in his course.
  • From your inbox you can see a list of all the open tutoring sessions and whether they’re complete.

When giving your feedback, here are a few principles to keep in mind:

  1. Be timely – provide feedback in time to assist students in future tasks. If you’re delayed please let the student know when they can expect their feedback.
  2. Be clear – use unambiguous and specific language rather than general statements
  3. Be educative – make constructive suggestions for how to strengthen work
  4. Evaluate against criteria – assess how students performed specifically in relation to the goals of the task
  5. Start a dialogue – make suggestions for next steps and how to engage in further exercises
  6. Be sensitive to the individual – encourage positive self-esteem and motivation

You can download the attached “MusicGurus – Feedback elements worksheet” with examples of how to feedback to students. It will be a useful reference when you’re preparing and giving feedback.

Please check out the following video for a step-by-step video walk-through of how to feedback on challenges.


Any questions or comments let us know – we love feedback too!

By | 2018-11-06T13:11:30+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Site features|0 Comments

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