In What Ways Can Learning Be Assessed Without Inhibiting Learning?

Today my post is not specifically about music or music education, but about a topic in education in general. The topic is grading; how we grade our students, different kinds of assessment, including assigning grades, and what effect these different kinds of assessment and grading have on student learning. Most teachers are apt to teach … Continue reading In What Ways Can Learning Be Assessed Without Inhibiting Learning?

Using Portfolios to Improve Music Instruction

Portfolios in education are collections of student work and of documents related to those pieces of student work. They make possible the documentation of student activity and learning, the reflecting upon work even days or weeks after it is completed, and the charting of progress over time as work collected at various moments is compared … Continue reading Using Portfolios to Improve Music Instruction

Assessment Is A Good Thing–Even For Music Teachers

There is a feeling among many music teachers, especially at this time of year when student progress must be documented, that assessment in music is a necessary evil, required by mandated teacher evaluation and/or school districts. While assessment is required by these authorities, it should not be handled merely as nuisance paperwork, because there is … Continue reading Assessment Is A Good Thing–Even For Music Teachers

Rubrics Aren’t What They Used To Be

For music teachers assessing students, rubrics are usually the most effective means. Rubrics can be used to assess pretty much anything. That's good for music teachers, because we assess a host of items in our students' performances, ranging from accuracy, to tone and overall musicianship. Aspects of music making that were once thought to be … Continue reading Rubrics Aren’t What They Used To Be

Developing Goals and Objectives for the Music Curriculum

With this post, I continue my series in music curriculum writing. From the title, you may notice the phrase "goals and objectives" indicating that there is a difference between the two. Goals are open-ended, long-range general statements that provide direction for the entire music education program, PK-12. Goals indicate the broad areas of learning the students … Continue reading Developing Goals and Objectives for the Music Curriculum