Music Assessment and Global Diversity

Context Matters

The Sixth International Symposium
on Assessment in Music Education

April 18-21, 2017
Birmingham City University in Birmingham, England, UK



The Sixth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education will be held 
April 18-21, 2017 at Birmingham City University in Birmingham, England, UK.

Organizing Chairs:
Timothy S. Brophy, University of Florida
Martin Fautley, Birmingham City University



Context Matters: The 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education
April 18-21, 2017
Birmingham City University, Birmingham, England, UK
Submission deadline: September 2, 2016

The University of Florida and Birmingham City University will host the 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in April 2017 at Birmingham City University in the UK. 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 Birmingham.

The Focus of the Symposium 
The assessment of music learning and development from infancy to senior adults is vitally important to music educators and researchers. Furthermore, the music education profession worldwide is facing increased expectations for accountability of learning in music classrooms. In some countries, student learning in music is being used as a component of the evaluation of teachers. These developments in the assessment of music learning and development at all ages place increased emphasis on efficient and effective assessment practices, valid and reliable measurement of student learning, and the evolution of teacher evaluation to include evidence of student learning. The two symposium strands and their associated key questions focus on these areas.

The Topics and Key Questions for this symposium are:

  • Diverse methodologies. What models, designs, and practices are most successful in assessing student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?
  • Effective data use. In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?
  • Assessing music learning. How is music learning assessed in local, regional, state, national, and international contexts?
  • Data analysis. In what ways are music assessment data analyzed to yield meaningful information in different contexts?
  • Evaluation. What forms, tools, or processes are used to assess and/or evaluate the practices of music teaching and learning?
  • Validity and reliability. In what ways are reliability and validity influenced by assessment contexts? 
  • Unintended consequences. What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of assessment and evaluation have been observed?
  • Ethical obligations. How does the profession ensure that the ethical obligations of assessment in music education (professional competency, integrity, honesty, confidentiality, objectivity, and fairness) are met?  

Call for Papers and Presentations. We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, and assessment practice papers that address the symposium theme and key questions.  Details of the submission process and registration are available after October 15, 2015 at Submissions are due by Friday, September 2, 2016. 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 November 4, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.