2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

Developing the Ensemble and the Student Within The Instrumental Music Classroom Through Authentic Assessment
Theron S. Perkowski♦
Dr. Jay Bulen, Faculty Mentor

Authentic assessment can be an effective tool in the evaluation of musical achievement, progress, and development. Several forms and methods of authentic assessment, or performance-based assessment, are utilized within the framework of the instrumental music classroom. However, current methods of authentic assessment are not the most affective way to accurately measure the musical performance abilities of the beginning instrumental music student within the framework of the musical curriculum or state and national standards. By assessing students within the ensemble as well as individually, instrumental music educators establish an assessment method that most truly resembles classroom instruction, which, according to the National Arts Education Partnership, is the most effective tool for evaluating musical skill and achievement. By using this new method of authentic musical assessment, music educators can fully evaluate students within the framework of the instrumental music curriculum and standards in addition to developing better ensemble players, listeners, and musicians.

Keywords: Assessment, Instrumental Music, Music Education, Evaluation, Ensemble Playing, Curriculum, Standards, Framework

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 19-2
Location: OP 1393 (Performance Hall)
Time: 10:00 am

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