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Quehl, Cynthia

Quehl, Cynthia

The Development of Performance Assessment Materials to Document Student Singing in General Music at the Middle School Level
Cynthia Quehl
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to construct and validate assessment materials to examine a student's progress toward the first content standard in music education which requires students to sing a varied repertoire, alone and with others, at the middle school general music level. The construction of the assessment materials was guided by performance standards 1a through 1d (MENC, 1996), a review of the literature on performance assessment (Herman, Aschbacker, & Winters 1992; Marzano 1994; Messick, 1994; Wiggins 1989, 1992, 1993), a review of the literature on the adolescent singing voice (Cooksey 1992; Gackle 1985, 1991; Goetze 1988; Phillips 1996), and an explanation of issues related to middle school music programs that influence the development of assessment materials within that context (the limited student/teacher contact time, the large class sizes, and the limited resources).
Advisor
Sheila J. Scott