Assessing Project Learning

From Making Music from Found Sounds

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.

“Giving genuine positive feedback is essential to building a trusting learning space. I always try to find a very targeted and specific element to refer to in a student’s work, and talk to what is great about that.” — Matt Ridgway

Lesson 1 – Creating Field Recordings

  • Understanding and demonstration of effective sound recording techniques

  • Inclusion of a variety of tone and timbre within their sound recordings

  • Effectiveness within a collaborative team

Lesson 2 – Creating Sample Instruments

  • Ability to articulate ideas and thoughts on sound recordings

  • Use of filtering and sound manipulation for creative and corrective intent 

  • Effectiveness of combinations of sound choices within the Drum Rack

Lesson 3 – Create and Perform Musical Works

  • How effectively musical and stylistic conventions have been demonstrated

  • Musicality and musical intention of works

  • How effectively the completed work was presented

  • Self reflection demonstrates ability to explain musical choices made

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

  • Collaboration, communication and social skills

  • Critical thinking

  • Critical listening  

  • Technology literacy

  • Creativity and musical exploration

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