Singapore University of Social Sciences

Assessing Music Learning

Assessing Music Learning (BMU311)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 15 December 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C), Resilience

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course examines the purposes and uses of assessment in music learning, including formative and summative assessment-oriented processes. The course also attempts to help students recall and synthesise the various standards of music teaching and learning (from previous modules) and implications for assessing a wide range of outcomes of music teaching and learning.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Overview of assessment terminologies and constructs
  • Musical assessment and judgements of standards
  • Assessment practices in the music classrooms: Assessment of and for music learning
  • Designing music assessment tasks
  • Recognising and creating quality music rubrics
  • Aligning assessment and curricular goals: Perspectives of 21st century competencies

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss music assessment approaches used with reference to standards documentations.
  • Apply assessment for and of learning to construct learning goals and intentions.
  • Critique assessment models and approaches used in given settings
  • Employ appropriate assessment strategies for improving student performance through self-assessment, and reflection.
  • Design appropriate assessment strategies to ensure student acquisition of and participation in the creation of musical knowledge and skills.
  • Create appropriate learning and assessment tasks for various performance, responding-listening and creating- compositional learning goals and intentions.
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