Dr Heather Monkhouse

Dr Heather Monkhouse

2008 | ALTC Teaching Fellow

University of Tasmania | Profile

Using assessment effectively: learning environments that work, for tertiary music performance students and staff

Fellowship years: 2008 - 2010

Abstract: This Fellowship builds upon Heather's 2007 UTAS Teaching Fellowship. Having audited current music assessment procedures nationally, this project establishes a process whereby performance teaching practices can be reshaped to support an effective learning environment: where feedback aligns to the expectations of what is being assessed; where study results in valued graduate attributes. In this environment staff and students have meaningful descriptions of the purpose of assessment/learning tasks, performance standards and assessment criteria, grade descriptors, and transparency regarding the school's formative, ongoing and eventual expectations. Interviews and group discussions will be conducted with staff and students, related arts focus groups, and with a national discipline-specific focus group established earlier. Feedback from the professional sector will also be sought: this project features interviews from musicians working in Australian orchestras, chamber ensembles and freelance professionals. Through the Exchange a national online repository of case study narratives is to be established.

Fellowship discipline: Practical Music Performance Assessment, Practices / Processes