Capstone/Dissertation Title

How can a portfolio be used as an assessment tool in an elementary music classroom?

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

Research on music assessment is used to discover how to best utilize portfolios in an elementary music classroom setting. The portfolio is an optimal tool for showcasing assessments that demonstrate student learning and growth in a way that teachers, students, parents, and administrators can understand. The author interviewed elementary music teachers to discover which types of assessments are best suited for portfolio inclusion. The top seven recommended assessment types are compositions, performance assessment scores, written assignments, student self-assessments, concert reflections, list of known songs, and recordings of students. The paper also discusses the benefits of and barriers to practical portfolio implementation.

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