Measurement and Evaluation in Music Education

Hybrid Online
(1 credit)

Section 001 MW, 2:00 - 2:50 PM
(as scheduled below)

Cultural Arts Building, Room 1023
Fall, 2012



Texts and Materials

Course Description

Learning Goals



Grading Scale

Course Schedule


Late Work

University-Wide Policies





Daniel C. Johnson, Ph.D.


Cultural Arts Building, 1056

Office Hours

M - F: 10:00 – 11:00 AM by appointment


(910) 962-7559




Texts and Materials:



Course Description:

Topics discussed in this course include: planning the sequence, implementation, and evaluation of learning in music. Measurement of musical behaviors, including music aptitude, achievement, attitudes, behavioral objectives, test item construction, interpretation of data, and reporting of results. Essential concepts also include: descriptive statistics, standardized music tests, reliability, and validity.

This course is designed to include key components of the Watson College of Education Conceptual Framework. All educators must use data for decisions, reflect upon their practice, exemplify their commitment to professional standards, implement appropriate communication strategies, and strive to meet the needs of all learners. Assignments in this course will assist you in preparing you to be a competent professional and a leader.



Learning Goals:

  1. To demonstrate your understand of objectives (including behavioral, instructional, and learning outcomes) for two different K-12 music educational settings with corresponding lesson plans.
  2. To demonstrate your understand of elementary descriptive statistics as used in K-12 music educational settings.
  3. To compile a test item pool addressing a variety of musical behaviors.
  4. To demonstrate your knowledge of item analyses (difficulty and discrimination), and grading procedures.
  5. To construct two achievement tests in different instructional areas addressing two different domains and multiple musical behaviors.


Course Requirements:





There will be periodic assessments throughout the semester to measure your achievement in this course. These will usually take the form of online or hard-copy quizzes addressing your understanding of the material presented online. To help you prepare, material will be posted online for you to review in each unit prior to each quiz.




For each unit, the material will be presented according to the course schedule. To monitor your progress and facilitate the learning process, you will complete numerous individual assignments to reinforce the content of each unit. Some assignments are similar to traditional worksheets while others are more involved.

For full credit, students must submit assignments and any other materials online via the Blackboard course site before or at the time that the assignment is due. You will receive full credit for complete, correct assignments submitted on time. Students will receive partial credit awarded on a sliding scale for incomplete assignments containing errors submitted on time. Students will receive no credit for missing assignments. After 24 hours past the due date, the assignment will neither be accepted nor graded.



Late Work Policy:

Assignments submitted as hard copy are due at the beginning of the class period, as announced in class. Assignments submitted in electronic format are submitted online using the BlackBoard Assignment tool or via email. In the event that you do not turn in an assignment by the due date and time, it will be given half credit (50%) if you submit it up to 24 hours late. Assignments submitted more than 24 hours after the due date not be graded.



BlackBoard Orientation:
One important task is completing the Blackboard Orientation. This is an online guide to Blackboard 9 available via a link on the course homepage.


Attendance Policy:

Required class meetings are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays, but sometimes face-to-face meetings are replaced with individual online work. Your instructor will announce specifics about the class meeting schedule at least one week before they take effect.



Grading Scale:

Calculation of the final course grade is as follows:

Attendance                                                                                   10%

Quizzes                                                                                         30%

Unit Projects (3 projects, 10% each)                                              30%

Worksheets and Assignments                                                        30%

TOTAL                                                                                        100%


For the final course grade, a ten-point grading scale will be used as follows:



















Course Schedule (tentative)

There are numerous topics, each based on the course objectives and the tentative calendar (below). Each of the topics addresses one or more course goals and relates to the other topics in a set of three units.


Week of:




Unit I

What to Evaluate and Measure

Syllabus and Introduction



Blackboard Orientation


Overview of Assessment and Evaluation (from Music in Childhood)


Standards: NC Standard Course of Study, Music Education National Standards, InTASC Standards


Objectives and Lesson Planning


Unit I Project


Unit II

Why and How to Evaluate and Measure

Foundations for Assessment (from Assessing the Developing Child Musician)



Testing Behaviors and Responses


Domains and Taxonomies of Learning


Test Item Construction


Unit II Project


Unit III

Practice Evaluating and Measuring

Approaches to Grading



Descriptive Statistics


Standardized Tests in Music


Standardized Tests in Music (cont.)


Unit III Project



University-Wide Policies

Academic Honor Code
All members of UNCWs community are expected to follow the academic Honor Code. Please read the UNCW Honor Code carefully - as covered in the UNCW Student Handbook and available online. Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated in this class.
Religious Observance Policy
In accordance with NC SL 2010-211, you are entitled to two excused absences for religious observances per academic year. You must inform your instructor in writing the first week of class if you will be missing any classes due to religious observance and using one of the two permissible absences for the academic year. In addition, please inform the Registrar the first week of class who will then confirm your intentions to miss class with the impacted course instructors. Any absence for religious purposes will be considered unexcused unless you submit the request in writing the first week to either your instructor and the Registrar.
Zero Tolerance Policy
UNCW practices a zero tolerance policy for violence and harassment of any kind. For emergencies contact UNCW CARE at 962-2273; Campus Police at 962-3184; or Wilmington Police at 911.  For University or community resources visit: Violence prevention information and resources available at We will focus several class discussions on the importance of reducing violence and increasing tolerance in schools and at UNCW.
Cell Phones, PDAs, Laptops
Please silence your cell phone and do not make calls, access applications or text during class. If you have a personal, urgent matter for which you need to be on call, please let your instructor know in advance. In addition, please do not have active any PDAs or laptops/netbooks/iPads open and active unless the activity warrants.
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The above syllabus for this course is subject to change by the instructor. In the event of any alteration, written changes to the syllabus will be provided at least 2 days (48 hours) before they take effect.