At Petersen, assessment in music is guided by the standards of proficiency set forth in the National Standards for Music Education.
Musical skill development, like growth in height and weight as children grow, is a developmental process that progresses along a continuum. It is recognized that students develop these skills at different rates, and may be at different stages of development in different skill areas.
Continuum of Musical Skill Development
Roughly marking out stages along the continuum are four levels of proficiency. Under the standards, students should be able to attain the "proficient" level at the end of the course of study. The levels are as follows:
The goal of our work in music is to advance the development of musical skills along this continuum to the fullest extent possible. The goal of the assessment process is simply to report a student's progress along this continuum.
Music Grade Category Weighting
Music grades are weighted by category, according to the different National Standards for Music Education.