Assessment in Music Education

Martin Fautley
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Assessment in schools has become a hotly debated issue in education. In the wake of political pressures for accountability, educators have sought to defend the principle that assessment should serve the interests of learners and learning. With the aim of improving learning and raising standards, this book presents a case for formative assessment, day-by-day, rather than summative assessment at the end of key stages. The author draws on and discusses the practical application of a range of theoretical and philosophical research, encouraging a holistic approach and focused teacher-intervention. The book provides material for reflection as well as practical tips, and is suitable for instrumental and classroom teachers (at all levels, but particularly 11-18), and the academic community.

  • Key text on the role of assessment in music education
  • Background to assessment, including definitions, history, and theoretical discussion
  • Grounded in contemporary research and authoritatively written, by an acknowledged expert
  • Of interest internationally in dealing with general principles of assessment
  • Practical suggestions for teachers, whether in classrooms or studios
  • Equally relevant to student teachers, academics, and policy-makers


  • Introduction to assessment in music education
  • Clarifying terminologies: uses and purposes of assessment
  • Reliability and validity
  • Evidencing achievement
  • Learning and knowledge in classroom music
  • Why assess?
  • 7. Progression, development, and assessment
  • Quality, values, and the affective domain
  • Developing appropriatecriteria for assessment
  • Developing classroom performing by the use of assessment
  • Developing classroom composing throughassessment
  • Developing listening through assessment
  • Developing classroom improvising by the use of assessment
  • Assessment and ICT in music education
  • The role of baseline assessment
  • Putting it together: holistic approaches tolearning and assessment in music
  • The way forwards: new developments in assessment

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193362895
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 14/01/2010
ISBN: 9780193362895
Format: 234x156
Force: Education handbook
Level of difficulty:


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