Assessing Project Learning

From The Art of the Mashup

How to evaluate completed student work will depend on the school's curriculum priorities and assessment methods. Listed below are different considerations that may inform how you choose to implement student assessment and feedback.


  • Exploring layering rhythmic patterns to create new musical material
  • Development of musical ideas through combining and manipulating pre-recorded material
  • Exploration of the roles that rhythm, bass, harmony and melody play in music
  • Developing an understanding of frequency bands (low, mid, high)
  • Interpretation of song structure and musical form
  • Exploring and experimenting with timbre and tone colour
  • Critical listening

Ableton-specific techniques

  • Using Push/Launchpad to sequence and perform musical material
  • Using Live to edit and manipulate audio files
  • Using Session View as a performance tool
  • Adding and setting up DJ-style effects processing for performance
  • Development of how to lay out a performable Ableton Live set 

Collaboration & engagement

  • Opportunity for students to share ideas and provide constructive feedback
  • Opportunity for peer mentoring and sharing of work/techniques
  • Goal setting and rehearsing towards real-world performance opportunities

Overarching music industry skills

  • Developing an understanding of copyright in musical and recorded works
  • Identifying differences in production techniques from different genres
  • File management and sharing/saving of work
  • Practical setup and use of audio-visual equipment

Consider viewing the elements of this project through the following learning lenses

  • Critical thinking
  • Critical listening  
  • Technology literacy
  • Creativity and musical exploration 

This rubric covers how you may assess students in these areas.