To: Teachers participating in Common Music Assessment Tasks Project

We are very excited to begin the process of implementing CT/MA Common Music Assessments in many districts throughout Massachusetts during the 2013-2014 school year. There will be several opportunities for you to participate in a training meeting (2-3 hours) over the summer or at the beginning of next school year.

The following are tentative dates for meetings. You only need to attend one. Send me an email and let me know which day and time works for you. If none of these dates works for you, please let me know so we can make alternative arrangements.

  • Thursday July 11 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Gordon College in Wenham, MA
  • Wednesday August 21 from 9:00 am – noon place TBA
  • Tuesday September 17 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm place TBA
  • Wednesday October 9 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm place TBA

In the meantime, please spend some time on the Connecticut Curriculum website:
Under the Tasks tab, go to the Disciplines box and choose music. Leave everything else in the default mode and click “Find Tasks.”
Scroll through to find the tasks that are appropriate to your situation. (Please ignore the one task listed as physical education).

When you click on a task the following tabs will be available on the next screen:

  • Overview
  • Concepts
  • Instruction
  • Reflections
  • Scoring scales
  • Student Work

Music Assessments. Take some time and read through the descriptions of the tasks and assessments along with all the supporting materials. The many music educators involved in this project worked diligently to create assessments that could be integrated into music curriculum regardless of pedagogical influence. The tasks are based on the National Standards and the 3 Artistic Processes: creating, performing and responding. The tasks also directly relate to 21st-century Skills of critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation to music. Take note of the self-evaluation process for students. It encourages musical reflection and promotes higher order thinking related to music making.

The completed tasks include:

2nd Grade—Rhythmic Improvisation
2nd Grade—Singing and Self-Evaluation
5th Grade—Composition and Self-Evaluation
5th Grade—Singing and Self-Evaluation
8th Grade—Composition and Self-Evaluation
8th Grade—Singing and Self-Evaluation

The following are current tasks that are being refined and pre-piloted and piloted by music educators in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts:

  • 3rd Grade—Singing and Self-Evaluation
  • 3rd Grade—Bass Line Improvisation
  • 4th Grade—Singing and Self-Evaluation
  • 4th Grade—Composition and Self-Evaluation
  • 6th Grade—Singing and Self-Evaluation
  • 6th Grade—Melodic Improvisation (I, V)
  • 7th Grade—Singing and Self-Evaluation
  • 7th Grade—Composition (I, IV, V)

Implementation of these tasks and assessments in the music curriculum help insure a balanced musical experience for all students in grades K-8. Creating is measured through improvisation and composition tasks. Performing is measured through singing (there are instrumental tasks in the planning stages). Responding is measured through self-evaluation related to creating and responding.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and working together on this exciting project!

Sincerely, Sandy

Sandra Doneski Higher Education Representative Massachusetts Music Educators Association

posted on Sep 16, 2013