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

Academic Co-Chairs & Symposium Assistant

Academic Co-Chairs

Timothy BrophyDr. Timothy S. Brophy
Director of Institutional Assessment
Professor of Music Education
University of Florida, USA

Timothy S. Brophy is Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Florida and Professor of Music Education.  Prior to his appointment as Director, he was Assistant Dean for Research, Technology, and Administrative Affairs in the College of the Arts and a member of the music education faculty in the School of Music.  He joined the University of Florida faculty in 2000.  He is a multiple award-winning teacher and an established researcher who possesses advanced knowledge and expertise with organizational assessment systems and institutional, program, and academic assessment.  He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and is sole author of three books, including the widely acclaimed Assessing the Developing Child Musician. He has edited and published the proceedings of the 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013 International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education. Dr. Brophy has conducted workshop sessions and conference presentations throughout the United States, and in Australia, Canada, China, England, Greece, Holland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

Dr. Brophy holds national and international leadership roles in assessment, served as a past National Chair of the Assessment Special Research Interest Group of The National Association for Music Education, and founded the first Assessment Special Interest Group for the International Society for Music Education. He has extensive experience with test development and data collection processes for standards-based assessments and knows large-scale assessment structures and processes, policy, and state and national assessment issues.  He has taught graduate courses in measurement and evaluation, and possesses working knowledge of psychometrics, classic test theory, and item response theory. Dr. Brophy has focused international attention on assessment in music education as the Founding and Organizing Chair of the International Symposia on Assessment in Music Education (ISAME), a biennial series of symposia that began in 2007. Dr. Brophy is the SACSCOC liaison for the University of Florida, and serves on the SACSCOC Board of Trustees. He holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree from the University of Memphis, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Martin Fautley
Director, Research in Education
Professor of Education
Birmingham City University, UK  

Martin Fautley is a Professor of Education in the Faculty of Health, Education, and Life Sciences at Birmingham City University. He began his career teaching music in comprehensive schools in England, involving himself in a wide variety of educational music-making and pedagogic activities. After many years as a classroom music teacher, head of faculty , and head of a music centre, he then returned to full time study at Cambridge University, from where he holds the degrees of MPhil and PhD. At Cambridge his doctoral research involved working in the faculties of education and music, looking at composing in lower secondary school general music classes, and how it might be assessed.

In his current position at Birmingham City University he is director of research in education. His particular research interests lie in the areas of music learning, creativity, and assessment, with a particular focus on the ways in which assessment can be used in a developmental fashion. He is well-respected in the domain of music education both nationally and internationally, having written over 50 books, chapters, and journal articles. He is regularly invited to evaluate music learning programmes, both in the UK, and internationally. He has been consulted by Governmental curriculum authorities in the UK, and worldwide. He is a member of the Department for Education Expert Task Group in music. Much of his work at present is concerned with researching and developing new ways of assessing progress in classroom music teaching and learning.

Professor Fautley is co-editor of the British Journal of Music Education. He is particularly known for his book Assessment in Music Education, published by Oxford University Press. His work for on assessment for the Incorporated Society of Musicians is widely recognised in English schools. He is also an active blogger, where he writes regularly on assessment in music education.

Symposium Assistant

Jason Longtin
Ph.D Student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Music
University of Florida, USA

Jason Longtin is a Ph.D. student in Choral Music Education at the University of Florida. He has taught high school vocal music in Florida since 1999, and is a National Board Certified Teacher (Early Adolescence/Young Adulthood). In addition to his work at UF, he is currently a music instructor at Florida Virtual School. Choirs under his direction have performed throughout the United States, Italy, and Switzerland. As a composer, his music has been performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe.  He is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, American Choral Directors Association, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Florida Music Educators Association, and has served on the State Board of the Florida Vocal Association. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Stetson University and a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida.