Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation: The Fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education


Connecting Practice, Measurement, and Evaluation

The Fifth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education

February 18-21, 2015

Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center

For conference details, see http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl/isame

Submission deadline: June 15, 2014


The music education faculties of the University of Florida, the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, and James Madison University will host the 5th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in February 2015, at the Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in music education assessment. We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us in Williamsburg.


Key Questions. The Key Questions for this symposium fall into three strands. They are:


Strand 1: Practice

·       What models, designs, and practices are most successful in measuring student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?

·       In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?


Strand 2: Measurement

·       How are measures of music learning at all levels examined for reliability and validity?

·       What forms, tools, or processes are used to measure music teaching practice? How are these measures examined for reliability and validity?

·       In what ways have new psychometric models been applied to the analysis of data obtained from music measurements? What are the strengths and limitations of such models?


Strand 3: Evaluation

·       In what ways are music educators evaluating music assessment data for the improvement of teaching, learning, and programs?

·       To what extent are measures of music teaching practice used in music teacher evaluations? How are these evaluations examined for reliability and validity?

·       What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of measurement and evaluation have been observed?


Call for Papers and Presentations. We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, assessment practice papers, and workshops that address the symposium theme and key questions.  Details of the submission process and registration are available at Submissions are due June 15, 2014. Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session or both. All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by August 15, 2014. Early submissions are encouraged. Special note: we offer a reduced registration rate of $175.00 for students, and primary/secondary teachers and administrators.

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