MN Standards Assessments

I collaborated with the Perpich Center for Arts Education and the State of Minnesota to create various standards-based (Minnesota) assessments for music education that were technology (with a focus on the iPad) based.  These are works in progress, and you have the right to use and adapt any or all of these assessments.

All of the documents are in PDF format, if you need a DOC version, please e-mail me.

A summary of all the standards appears at the bottom of this page; please note that these are the high school standards and a full version of the Minnesota Standards can be found at http://www.pcae.k12.mn.us/pdr/standards/ArtsStandards.pdf.

If you are from another State, these assessments could be altered to meet your requirements.  To see your state, see the wonderful resource provided by MakeMake Music (Music Education Standards and Assessments).

And take a moment to examine the wonderful resources for assessment created by Dr. Wendy Barden  for Kjos publications.

Score Analysis Strand 1 Foundations 1:1

SmartMusic Strand 1 Foundations 2:1 and 2:3

Arranging in GarageBand Strand 1 Foundations 2:3 and Stand 2 Create or Make 1:3

Recorder Master (iPad) Strand 1 Foundations 2:3

SmartMusic Solo Prep, Performance, and Revision Strand 1 Foundations 2:2 and 3:3 and Strand 3 Perform/Present 1:1 and 1:2

Health Issues Related to Music Stand 1 Foundations 1:3

Meanings and Functions of Music Strand 1 Foundations 3:3

MusicRoom Beginning Music Theory (iPad) Strand 1 Foundations 2:3

Piano DustBuster (iPad) Strand 1 Foundations 2:3

Recorder and SmartMusic Strand 1 Foundations 2:1 and 2:3

Wild Chords Guitar (iPad) Strand 1 Foundations 2:3

The Minnesota Arts Standards

Strand 1: Artistic Foundations

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of the arts area.
    1. Analyze how the elements of music including melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, tone color, texture, form and their related concepts are combined to communicate meaning in the creation of, performance of, or response to music.
    2. Evaluate how the elements of music and related concepts such as repetition, pattern, balance and emphasis are used in the creation of, performance of, or response to music.
    3. Analyze how the characteristics of a variety of genres and styles contribute to the creation of, performance of, or response to music.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and use of the technical skills of the art form, integrating technology when applicable.
    1. Read and notate music using standard notation system such as complex meters, extended ranges and expressive symbols, with and without the use of notation software in a variety of styles and contexts.
    2. Play an instrument alone and in small and large groups, a variety of music using characteristic tone, technique and expression.
    3. Use electronic musical tools to record, mix, play back, accompany, arrange or compose music.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the personal, social, cultural and historical contexts that influence the arts areas.
    1. Analyze how the personal, social, cultural and historical contexts influence the creation, interpretation or performance of music including the contributions of Minnesota American Indian tribes and communities.
    2. Synthesize and express an individual view of the meanings and functions of music.

Strand 2: Artistic Process: Create or Make

Create or make in a variety of contexts in the arts area using the artistic foundations

  1. Improvise, compose or arrange new musical compositions in a variety of styles and contextsusing available technology to preserve the creations.
  2. Revise a musical composition or arrangement based on artistic intent and using multiplesources of critique and feedback.
  3. Justify an artistic statement, including how audience and occasion influence creativechoices.

Strand 3: Artistic Process: Perform or Present

Perform or present in a variety of contexts in the arts area using the artistic foundations.

  1. Rehearse and perform an existing single complex work or multiple works of music from avariety of contexts and styles alone and within small or large groups.
  2. Revise performance based on artistic intent, and using multiple sources of critique andfeedback.
  3. Justify artistic intent, including how audience and occasion influence performance choices.

Strand 4: Artistic Process: Respond or Critique

Respond to or critique a variety of creations and performances using the artistic foundations.

  1. Analyze, interpret and evaluate a variety of musical works or performances by applying self selected criteria within the traditions of the art form.
  2. Justify choices of self-selected criteria based on knowledge of how criteria affects criticism.
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