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Music Handbook: Performance Assessment

Performance Assessment

In addition to the ongoing academic assessment that students undergo regularly through coursework and associated projects, Music Majors undergo regular assessment of their performance skills to ensure they are progressing at an appropriate pace. There are three major points at which performance ability is assessed: the end of the second semester of lessons, the jury, and the senior recital.

Assessment Procedures

In order to facilitate feedback for students, all three performance milestones are evaluated using the Performance Assessment Rubric. The rubric lists the aspects of music performance that the faculty evaluate. Sudents are scored according to their success with these criteria.

In order to successfully complete each milestone, students must earn a minimum score. As we expect students to improve over their career at UMM, these minimum scores increase at each milestone.

At each milestone, students will be given feedback and their scores using the Performance Assessment Form. One copy of the form will be given to the student for their portfolio, and the other will be filed

The End of Second Semester

The first performance assessment takes place at the end of a student’s second semester of lessons.

The Jury

The second performance assessment is the jury, which generally takes place at the end of a student’s second year, or during a student’s third year. The jury determines if students are ready to enroll in the advanced level of Individual Performance Studies (Music 3200-3223).

Students may perform a jury if they are enrolled in their fourth (or later) semester of lessons.

Requirements for the jury

Juries should be scheduled at least four weeks in advance and must take place in the regular fall or spring semester, not during finals week.

Individual Performance Studies instructors are asked to attend the juries of their students, if at all possible.

Students will be informed immediately following their jury if they have passed or not.

To request a jury, fill out the Jury Request Form.

The Senior Recital

The third and final assessment of a student’s performance abilities at UMM is the senior recital. Please see Senior/Half Recitals for more information and requirements.