Do You Keep a Studio Journal?

I’ve been an avid journaler since before I turned 10. And at least three of the pedagogy courses I took required some form of journaling. Perhaps that’s why I made a point years ago to start a studio journal of sorts. There are probably a variety of ways one could use a studio journal, but I’ve opted to use mine to record memorable and/or humorous remarks made by students. I usually jot these down on a piece of note paper right after they occur and then transfer them over to the journal later. As I was going through some files I came across one where I had recorded a few such student remarks. Reading this one brought back such a great memory, and I thought you all would get a kick out of it, too :-):

While playing his Christmas song, Luke came to one point and stopped to figure out the correct note. I was proudly observing that he appeared to be mentally working through the staff notes to figure out the correct one when I heard him say, “Hmm…what would sound good with ‘is’?”

~November, 2009

So I’m curious…do any of you keep a studio journal? What do you use it for? Do you record memorable remarks from students?

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