I was recently asked to judge for an area music teachers association’s Fall Festival coming up in November.  In the past I’ve found that it’s really helpful to have a list of adjectives handy when judging because sometimes you feel like you run out of creative words, so today I’m sharing some of these lists with you!  These are also helpful in regular lesson times. Teachers tend to get in the habit of using the same words repeatedly (this becomes especially apparent if you ever video your teaching) and it’s good to freshen up your vocabulary every once in awhile.  I used Tagxedo.com to create this lovely little speech bubble using a list of judging adjectives.  Read more about word clouds and Tagxedo here and here.

Judging Adjectives


And for those of us who like things a little more organized I also created a plain text PDF file using the same words, plus a few phrases.  I have to give most of the credit for this list to Dr. Ann Gipson who included a very similar list in the course packet of one of my graduate pedagogy courses.  For another adjective list check out Diane Hidy’s Thesaurus for Teachers and Adjudicators.


Download the PDF file for my judging adjective printable here: CreativeJudgingAdjectives

Author: Spring

Spring Seals, NCTM, teaches 60 piano students ranging from age 3 to 70 in Fort Worth, Texas. She also serves as the Director of Certification for TMTA. She is passionate about helping teachers become more effective in their studios through professional development, new resources, and fresh ideas.