Assessment

 

In its effort to develop knowledge and expertise in the European professional music training sector on all important ‘Bologna’ issues, the AEC has developed the following tools:

AEC Handbook on Admissions and assessment in Higher Music Education


This handbook is primarily about the issue of assessment in Higher Music Education. It attempts to set assessment within the context of contemporary developments in higher education, especially those relating to the Bologna Process. However, it also addresses the question of admissions insofar as making an assessment of an applicant’s musical achievement prior to entering higher education, and of their potential to progress still further in a higher education environment, lies at the heart of admissions processes.

Hopefully, each individual reader of this handbook will find some resonances between both the ideas and the examples given here and his or her own experience. Ideally, the handbook will serve as a spur to further thought about why we assess the way we do and how we might constantly strive to make our assessments fitter for purpose – more relevant, more consistent and less intrusive into the all-important process of learning. Those thought processes, as many of us are aware, are not ones that can ever be regarded as finished once-and-for-all; like the quest for learning itself, the search for the optimum way to assess learning is one of the goals that drive us forward constantly as we try to make our institutions the best possible environments for the professional preparation and personal development of our young musicians.

Downloadable documents:
 

AEC Handbook Admissions and Assessment in Higher Music Education

English

 

'Polifonia' Report on Assessment and Standards

 
Assessment has been addressed in the ERASMUS Thematic Network Project for Music ‘Polifonia’ (2011-2014) by the Working Group 1 on Assessment and Standards. This working group studied the existing assessment methods in European conservatoires, as well as the involvement of students in these processes. The sources of the study included a survey on elements of assessment for European HME; discussions during workshops at the AEC congress and the AEC International Relations coordinators’ meeting; the analysis of a questionnaire on external examiners; and the outcomes of three international seminars on assessment and standards. The findings have been gathered in the following outcomes: 
 

Polifonia Final Report on Assessments and Standards

English 

Polifonia Final Report on Assessments and Standards

French

Polifonia Final Report on Assessments and Standards

German

Polifonia Reflective Checklist on the Assessment Process

English

Polifonia Reflective Checklist on the Assessment Process

French

Polifonia Reflective Checklist on the Assessment Process

German