Why we assess students

We use assessments to find out what the students knows and can do– this is one reason why we assess students. In addition, assessment enables the teacher to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners, provide feedback to improve their performance, and prepare students for the next level or grade.

In music class, I’m assessing my students at every moment. Music instruction is performance based, driven by motivation, exploration, listening, and experimentation. Since musical instruments are involved, I monitor their progress by recording everyday classroom instruction. Sectional rehearsals, demonstrations, student/teacher modeling, and performances are all documented to provide evidence of their progress.

Why I’m concern about Music Education in our private and public schools.

Districts and educational leaders have turned their backs on the traditional methods of music education for a more suitable and in-expensive alternative “Music Appreciation”. In addition, our leaders have failed to implement the necessary components that music education requires:

Facilities – Many music teachers are restricted to a cart for music instruction.

Funding – Music instruments are expensive but are essential to music instruction. Investing in adequate tools are needed, not toys.

Required – If music is to be considered in a school curriculum, it must have the respect as any other discipline. Students should never have low expectations about anything of study. We’re sending the wrong message.