ERIC Number: EJ1020574
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Assessing Expressive Movement: Measuring Student Learning Outcomes in the General Music Classroom
Butke, Marla A.
General Music Today, v27 n3 p23-27 Apr 2014
Expressive movement, created by students to demonstrate musical elements and artistry, provides a valid assessment opportunity for general music teachers. This purposeful movement, "plastique animée", was developed by Swiss composer, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, in the early 20th century. "Plastique animée" can serve as a useful tool, allowing teachers to observe an authentic, artistic musical experience for assessment purposes. Rubrics are based on predetermined criteria involving music elements, creativity, and expression. Students can self-assess by viewing a video recording of the movement and answering questions about the "plastique animée" experience. This article explains "plastique animée" and the process of implementation; provides two rubrics for assessing expressive, purposeful movement; and lists self-assessment questions and procedures. By assessing both objective and subjective elements, teachers and students can receive beneficial feedback regarding how a student comprehends musical concepts and demonstrates expressivity.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Scoring Rubrics, Music Teachers, Media Selection, Disabilities, Student Motivation, Movement Education, Evaluation Methods, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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