RUBRIC FOR INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE ASSESSMENT Student Copy
(NATIONAL MUSIC STANDARDS #1 AND #2)
STANDARD #1 - SINGING ALONE AND WITH OTHERS, A VARIED REPERTOIRE OF MUSIC STANDARD #2 - PERFORMING ON
INSTRUMENTS ALONE AND WITH OTHERS, A VARIED REPERTOIRE OF MUSIC
DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARD NEARLY MEETS THE MEETS THE STANDARD EXCEEDS THE
Tone lacks clarity, focus and beauty. Tone is usually clear, focused The tone has consistent focus, Tone is exceptionally rich, full,
Inconsistent or incorrect tone production and pleasant, but occasionally beauty, and clarity with few open, resonant, focused clear,
results in an ensemble sound that is distorted. distorts due to inconsistencies distortions. Tone is produced and beautiful in all ranges and
in production. These distortions with openness and resonance in a at all dynamic levels. The
are distracting from listener's manner allowing the ensemble to beauty of the ensemble's sound
perspective. have a characteristic sound. catches the attention of the
The ensemble's tempos fluctuate greatly. The ensemble generally The ensemble performs with a The ensemble's sense of tempo
Frequent rushing, dragging and ensemble performs with a unified sense unified and precise sense of is highly developed as
imprecision distract greatly from the overall of tempo, but occasional tempo throughout most of their evidenced through a nearly
musical effect. rushing, dragging and/or performance. Minor tempo flawless sense of rhythmic
imprecision create distortions inconsistencies occur but do not unity and precision, even
from the overall musical effect. distract significantly from the during tempo changes. Energy,
overall musical effect. strength and clarity of music
are enhanced by tempo
Many rhythms are performed inaccurately. Rhythmic performance is Most rhythms are performed Rhythmic precision is
The beat is not always clearly present in generally accurate, but correctly with regard to tempo. noteworthy for its consistency.
rhythms and/or rhythms performed are occasionally lacks precision. A The beat and its subdivisions are Long tone re- leases are unified
different from those that are written. The unified approach to subdivision performed accurately and long and rhythmic subdivision is
resulting performance is unclear and/or and long tone counting is not tones are sustained for their nearly flawless. Energy,
inaccurate. being consistently applied. This correct durations. Minor and strength, clarity and musical
imprecision is somewhat infrequent rhythmic imprecision character are enhanced through
distracting from the overall does not significantly detract this outstanding execution.
musical effect. from the overall musical effect.
Many incorrect notes are performed. Frequent Many notes are correctly Most notes are correctly All notes correct. Excellent
pitch matching problems occur throughout. performed. Incorrect notes and performed. Ensemble matches pitch accuracy.
pitch matching problems occur pitches well. Infrequent
frequently enough to distract inaccuracies are isolated and do
the listener from the overall not significantly detract from the
performance. overall musical effect.
The individual musicians demonstrate little The instruments or voices often The instruments or voices The individual musicians blend
consideration for the blend of the ensemble. blend their individual sounds to usually blend their individual their sounds with noteworthy
Individuals and/or sections often allow their create a well-balanced sounds to create a well-balanced sensitivity in all textural
sounds to protrude inappropriately. This ensemble sound, but ensemble sound in a variety of settings. The balance of
negatively impacts the beauty of the ensemble individuals and/or sections textural settings. Melodic voices melodic and non-melodic
and the clarity of the music. frequently protrude are consistently heard above voices is consistently
inappropriately. The resulting those performing on-melodic appropriate. Higher pitched
blend distortions detract from material. Although individuals or voices give way to lower
the overall musical effect. sections occasionally protrude pitched ones, resulting in a
inappropriately, this does not warmer ensemble tone.
significantly detract from the Dissonant sounds appropriately
overall musical effect. come to the fore to create
ARTICULATION - ACCURACY AND
Manner of articulation is Manner of articulation is clear. Manner of articulation is clear,
Manner of articulation is inconsistent and/or inconsistent and/or awkward Minor and infrequent agile and unified. These factors
awkward and/or incorrect. Articulation lacks and/or incorrect. Articulation inconsistencies do not add a significant degree of
clarity. performance is inconsistent. significantly detract form the clarity, energy and contrast to
musical character. the music. Accents are clearly
articulated and pitches are
ARTICULATION - EXPRESSION
AND STYLE The ensemble demonstrates an
While the ensemble Articulation styles are delineated exemplary and unified
The ensemble demonstrates little attention to demonstrates an understanding and contrasted. The style of the understanding of the music's
the various articulation styles in the music. of the various articulation music being performed is articulation styles. Note lengths
Note lengths and manners of articulation are styles, a unified approach does accurately portrayed through and manner of attacks are
often inaccurate. The resulting musical not exist. Note lengths and appropriate note lengths and consistent and accurate. The
characterization is uninteresting. Performance manners of attack are neither manner of attacks. Although result is an expressive,
is unclear and inarticulate. consistent nor accurate enough some inconsistencies and/or interesting and accurate
to give the listener a clear or inaccuracies exist, the style of interpretation of the musical
correct sense of the music's the music is not distorted. Note style. Note accuracy is
style. Performance is clear and accuracy is clear and articulate. expressed beautifully giving a
occasionally articulate. heightened sense of meaning to
The ensemble usually creates The ensemble consistently
The ensemble creates very few dynamic The ensemble creates some accurate and appropriate creates accurate and
contrasts. Levels are often inaccurate or notable dynamic contrasts, but dynamic contrasts. Their range appropriate dynamic contrasts.
inappropriate for the music being performed. their levels are not always of dynamics is appropriate for Their range of dynamics
As a result, the music has few changes of appropriate to the music being the music being performed. Tone creates many levels of
intensity. performed or accurate with quality generally remains intact intensity, each appropriate for
what is written. A unified as dynamic levels change. the music being performed.
approach to creating intensity Although the degree and/or Tone quality remains intact
changes is not evident. Tone consistency of dynamic use through all changes. The result
quality sometimes distorts as could be more effective, the of these factors is expressive,
dynamic levels change. overall effect is a musical one. exciting and contrasting music.
PHRASING The ensemble occasionally The ensemble members The ensemble members
delineates musical phrases generally delineate musical consistently delineate musical
The ensemble displays little attention to the clearly and accurately by phrases clearly and accurately phrases clearly and accurately
phrases within the music performed. Breaths breathing at appropriate times. through the use of well-placed through the use of well-placed
are usually taken without consideration for Frequently, however, breaths breaths. The ensemble usually breaths. Furthermore, they
phrasing. The effect is a lack of a linear are taken within phrases and/or performs with a clear sense of demonstrate artistry in the
quality within the music. phrase endings aren't clear or where phrases begin and end and expressive inflection shading.
graceful. Often, individuals how long they are. Although its Melodic and non-melodic
and/or sections disrupt the unity and accuracy of phrasing voices share in the
overall unity and accuracy of has occasional inconsistencies, responsibility for creating
the music's phrases. the overall effect is musical and expressive phrases.
The ensemble rarely plays in tune. They have The ensemble sometimes plays The ensemble generally plays in The ensemble consistently
many difficulties aligning and adjusting in tune, but frequently has tune. While some out of tune plays in tune by sensitively
pitches vertically (i.e. in relation to other problems aligning and adjusting playing occurs, players display a aligning and adjusting pitches
higher or lower pitches), horizontally (i.e. in pitches vertically (i.e. in sense of how to align and adjust vertically (i.e. in relation to
relation to the preceding pitches) and/or in relation to other higher or lower pitches vertically (i.e. in relation other higher or lower pitches),
unison. The resulting intonation problems pitches), horizontally (i.e. in to the preceding pitches), horizontally (i.e. in relation to
often create distracting dissonance for the relation to the preceding horizontally (i.e. in relation to the preceding pitches) and in
listener and detract from the overall musical pitches) and/or in unison. The other higher and lower pitches) unison. Intonation problems are
effect. resulting intonation problems and in unison. The relatively rarely heard, resulting in a high
sometimes create distracting infrequent and minor intonation degree of beauty and blend and
dissonance for the overall problems do not significantly an enhanced resonance.
musical effect. detract from the excellence of the
National Standards for Music Education
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
SCORING & GRADING
1 pt. - TONE
1 pt. - TEMPO
1 pt. - RHYTHMIC ACCURACY
1 pt. - MELODIC/HARMONIC ACCURACY
1 pt. - BLEND/BALANCE
1 pt. - ARTICULATION - ACCURACY AND CLARITY
1pt. - ARTICULATION - EXPRESSION AND STYLE
1 pt. - DYNAMICS
1 pt. - PHRASING
1 pt. - INTONATION
Each group can earn up to 10 POINTS TOTAL
10 – A+ or 9-10 = A
9–A 7 -8 = B
8 – B+ 5-6=C
7–B 3 -4 = D
6 – C+ 2 = D-
4 – D+
2 – D-
Students will prepare an ensemble selection to be played in class during the selected dates of the exam. The ensemble will
consist of two or more players, but not to exceed four musicians. Special permission will be granted to students preparing a
solo composition that is challenging and approved by the director. It is important for each group to prepare on their own
material with only one day’s help from the director. Each group will be evaluated using the scoring listed above.