Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Assessments

Documentation, documentation, documentation. 

These are sample assessments organized by grade level for the first grading period.  These can serve as an outline for assessments to take place over the course of the year, or may even serve as pre- and post-test formats. 

Assessments for Grading Period I

Kindergarten/First Grade Reporting


Outstanding
Satisfactory
Needs Improvement
Able to demonstrate steady beat



Sings tunefully with correct pitches



Demonstrates correct rhythms (quarter, eighths)



Plays instruments correctly and musically



Overall






Second/Third Grade Reporting


Outstanding
Satisfactory
Needs Improvement
Able to demonstrate steady beat



Sings tunefully with correct pitches



Demonstrates correct rhythms (quarter, eighths, half, whole)



Plays instruments correctly and musically



Respectful to self and others



Overall





Fourth/Fifth Grade Reporting


Outstanding
Satisfactory
Needs Improvement
Able to demonstrate steady beat



Sings tunefully with correct pitches



Demonstrates correct rhythms (quarter, eighths, half, whole)



Plays instruments correctly and musically



Able to compose in 4/4 and 3/4 time



Respectful to self and others



Overall





Click this link to download the PDF format for these assessment rubrics.

What is one of the most effective means of assessment used in your music classroom?



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Keeping Busy

Here are a few documents I've developed for my class so far:

 

Seating chart for each class
  
MUSIC Guidelines


Listening Activity, idea from Pinterest

 

Elements of Music posters
 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Welcome!

Thank you for visiting the SoLaMi blog for music education!  The purpose of this blog is three-fold:

1. to provide a means of communication among the teacher, parents/guardians, and students

2. to provide students with out-of-the-classroom music learning resources

3. to serve as a communication and resource tool for educators

My overall goal with this blog is to provide a meaningful source of communication.  Parker J. Palmer wrote the following in his book The Courage to Teach:

"The growth of any craft depends on shared practice and honest dialogue among people who do it." (p. 144)

Thank you for taking part in the sharing!