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					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
                           STANDARD                                                                                     STANDARD
TONE
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
                                                                                                                        listener.
TEMPO

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
                                                                                                                        precision.
RHYTHMIC ACCURACY

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.
MELODIC/HARMONIC ACCURACY

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.
BLEND/BALANCE

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
                                                                                                                       musical tension.
ARTICULATION - ACCURACY AND
CLARITY
                                                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
                                                                                                                       focused.
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 music.
DYNAMICS
                                                                                  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.
                                                                                  thoughtful.
INTONATION

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
                                                                                      ensemble.




                                  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-
5–C                                0-1=F
4 – D+
3–D
2 – D-
1–F


PERFORMANCE TASK:

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.

				
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