End of Program assessment
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I’m a vocal music instructor at a Vocational school. Our state DOE in the past has created an exit exam that all our theatre majors and dance majors have had to take senior year. The written portion has had to deal with knowledge of history, technique, styles…etc, and then there is also a performance portion. This year, the state is not providing the exam, so we have to come up with our own. Has anyone out there been in a similar situation, or have ideas for an end of program assesment that shows not just performance skill, but knowledge of the academic side of the art? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
My high school ensemble teacher did something like this. He gave us a study guide then an exam. The test covered voice parts, types of instruments (which clef do they read, in what type of piece would you hear / use a given instrument); note-reading of course: treble and bass clefs; musicianship skills such as what to do when you are sightreading a piece, what tempo to take the piece. There were questions about triads and major/minor keys. I think there were questions about the pieces we had played that year – he always taught background info. You might consider a listening section where you play a few examples then ask questions about instrumentation / voices, mood of the piece, style, etc.
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