Summative Assessment Artifacts

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This is a video artifact that serves as an example of the concert band program at TCHS.  This video is from our State Music Performance Assessment.  This video is from the end of the school year and is an example of student performance in late April in the advanced band class at the school.

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This video serves as an example of the marching band program at TCHS.  This video is from another summative assessment (Marching MPA)

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I see summative assessments as essential to the development of a band program, the individual development of each student in the program, and my development as a teacher.  Summative assessments allow me to reflect on the progress of each ensemble to that performance.  I am able to look at how we prepared for that performance and make notes about what I need to do differently with the rehearsal timeline to improve the performance, how I should go about selecting literature that meets the strengths of the students and supports the curriculum at that time of year, and how I need to refine my teaching of the fundamentals of musicianship as we prepare for the assessment.

Summative assessments allow me to gain insight into the individual development of my students in a few different ways.  The most obvious is the Solo and Ensemble Assessment.  Every student in the program performs at this assessment and is given either solo or small ensemble feedback that I can use to see where each student is in their development.  I am also able to measure student growth as they prepare for the assessment by how they perform at each of the benchmark checks leading up to the assessment.  The final way this assessment assists in my understanding of my students' progress is that I have added a reflection to this assessment.  In the reflection I am able to gain insight in what my students have taken away from the performance.

These assessments also help direct my growth as an educator.  I will often find a deficiency in skills in our advanced ensembles that I have to address in the younger ensembles.  As I listen to recordings of the ensembles and watch videos of the ensembles I am able to make notes on what I must practice as a conductor/teacher in order to more effectively help my students make music in the moment. 

 

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