NAfME Eastern Division Conference

Atlantic City, 7 April 2017

Leading the Way to Proficiency

Sue Barre and Argy Nestor

Session Handout




MALI Resource Bank Exemplars

Music Units and Lessons to study and/or to implement


21st Century Skills, Arts Map


"I Can" Statements

From North Carolina. An extraordinary resource to switch thing from "what I teach" to "what my students know and can do"


Carnegie Hall Assessment Toolbox

For grades PK-5, GREAT stuff!


Evaluating Individual Proficiency In The Large Ensemble - conference workshop links

Jen Etter, York Middle School Music, looking at exemplars from both band and choral ensembles at all levels of schooling. What critical skills are being demonstrated (or not being demonstrated!) and how students can be evaluated for individual proficiency.


Kennedy Center ArtsEdge lessons for Music


Maine Learning Results for Music


Music Standards BY STATE

Can't beat this site; you could spend an entire year studying all this and not hit it all. Colorado and North Carolina are two states MAAI has referenced a lot along the way, we'd encourage you to check them out, but have fun surfing to see what else you come across that resonates with you and your program.


National Core Arts Standards (revised)


Middle School / High School Music Syllabus - Australia

The most comprehensive AND clear and concise tiered approach to music education I have come across! A must read for anyone developing a comprehensive music curriculum. Word format!!!!


Middle School / High School Supporting Document on Music Assessment - Australia


On-Line Resources for Music Classes! By Grade Level By Performance Indicator

In January, 2010, the Maine Department of Education awarded the Maine Alliance for Arts Education a grant to support the identification and encourage the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the Visual and Performing Arts. OERs are free on-line or digitized materials that may be used by students and teachers for educational purposes. 


Music & Music Assessment Websites


Theta Music Trainer

Ear and Theory Trainer





Music Assessment Articles


Debating Assessment in Music Education

Ryan Fisher of the University of Central Arkansas examines current research, trends and thought on assessment in music education.

Music education organizations achieved a huge success in Texas several years ago when legislation declared music as a part of the core curriculum. Similarly, more recent national education legislation like No Child Left Behind has recognized music as a core curricular subject. Since that time, little has been done to assess music students to ensure a set of basic skills and knowledge is being achieved. While national and state music standards exist, these standards, in many cases, are not mandatory and merely serve as a guide or recommendations for music educators to follow. Other core subjects endure severe oversight and rigorous testing at the state and local levels to measure whether or not students are attaining minimum standards. Some music educators are pushing for national testing of music students to demonstrate that music has an academically measurable component. Yet other music educators are fearful that assessment of music education will have the same negative effects that other core subject high-stakes testing has had on schools. This article serves to discuss the current debate on national music assessment and to argue that music education’s place in the core curriculum demands an increase in oversight through standardized music assessment of students in music education classes.


Portfolio Overview For Music

Maryland Fine Arts Online Instructional Toolkit. This resource was created with the intent of assisting the fine arts education community of Maryland in developing effective assessment methods. The document addresses the needs of the teacher and the learner by having a section intended for teacher use and a section focused on student use. Each section clearly addresses portfolio assessment concepts and provides several worksheet templates that can be used to put the proposed model into action.

Teaching For Creativity

Music Educators Journal, March, 1998