Sharing Music Across Cultures

Assessment & Standards

Section 7: Check for Understanding and Assessment

Develop a five-point rubric system for each of the criteria listed below. Review each student's project journals accordingly. Students who have achieved understanding will score yes on 3 or higher on the following criteria:

  • The student has learned to make musical connections between specific cultures.
  • The student has learned to recognize and appreciate musical elements from specific cultures.
  • The student is able to appreciate the relationship between Elders or mentors and the creation of art with a deep personal meaning.
  • The student is able to empathize with the task of a composer trying to represent and combine music from distinctly different cultures.
  • The student is able to appreciate that each culture has a distinctive artistic contribution that stands on its own, while recognizing that each contribution can be combined with art of a different culture to make a worthwhile collaboration.

Alaska State Language Arts Standards

Language Arts Standard A: A student should be able to speak and write well for a variety of purposes and audiences.

#4 Write and speak well to inform, to describe, to entertain, to persuade, and to clarify thinking in a variety of formats, including technical communication.

#5 Revise, edit, and publish the student’s own writing as appropriate.

 #6 When appropriate, use visual techniques to communicate ideas; these techniques may include role playing, body language, mime, sign language, graphics, Braille, art, and dance.

 #7 Communicate ideas using varied tools of electronic technology.

 #8 Evaluate the student’s own speaking and writing and that of others using high standards.

Language Arts Standard B: A student should be a competent and thoughtful reader, listener, and viewer of literature, technical materials and a variety of other information.

#1 Comprehend meaning from written text and oral and visual information by applying a variety of reading, listening, and viewing  strategies; these strategies include phonic, context, and vocabulary cues in reading, critical viewing, and active listening.

#2 Reflect on, analyze, and evaluate a variety of oral, written, and visual information and experiences, including discussions, lectures, art, movies, television, technical materials, and literature.

#3 Relate what the student views, reads, and hears to practical purposes in the student’s own life, to the world outside, and to other texts and experiences.

Alaska State Fine Arts Standards

Arts Standard A: A student should be able to create and perform in the arts. A student who meets the content standard should:

#1participate in dance, drama, music, visual arts, and creative writing;

#3 appropriately use new and traditional materials, tools, techniques, and processes in the arts;

#4 demonstrate the creativity and imagination necessary for innovative thinking and problem solving;

#5 collaborate with others to create and perform works of art;

#6 integrate two or more art forms to create a work of art.

Arts Standard B: A student should be able to understand the historical and contemporary role of the arts in Alaska, the nation, and the world. A student who meets the content standard should:

#1 recognize Alaska Native cultures and their arts;

#2 recognize United States and world cultures and their arts;

#3 recognize the role of tradition and ritual in the arts;

#4 investigate the relationships among the arts and the individual, the society, and the environment;

#7 explore similarities and differences in the arts of world cultures.

Arts Standard C: A student should be able to critique the student’s art and the art of others. A student who meets the content standard should:

#1 know the criteria used to evaluate the arts; these may include craftsmanship, function, organization, originality, technique, and theme;

   b. describe the use of basic elements;

   c. analyze the use of basic principles;

   d. interpret meaning and artist’s intent; and

   e. express and defend an informed opinion.

 #3 accept and offer constructive criticism;

 #4 recognize and consider an individual’s artistic expression;

Arts Standard D: A student should be able to recognize beauty and meaning through the arts in the student’s life. A student who meets the content standard should:

#4 listen to another individual’s beliefs about a work of art and consider the individual’s reason for holding those beliefs;

#5 consider other cultures’ beliefs about works of art;

#6 recognize that people connect many aspects of life through the arts.

Alaska State Technology Standards

Technology Standard A: A student should be able to operate technology-based tools. A student who meets the content standard should:

 #1 use a computer to enter and retrieve information;

 #2 use technological tools for learning, communications, and productivity;

 #3 use local and worldwide networks.

Technology Standard 

C: A student should be able to use technology to explore ideas, solve problems, and derive meaning. A student who meets the content standard should:

 #1 use technology to observe, analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions;

 #2 solve problems both individually and with others.

Technology Standard 

D: A student should  be able to use technology to express ideas and exchange information. A student who meets the content standard should:

 #1 convey ideas to a variety of audiences using publishing, multi-media, and communications tools;

 #3 use technology to explore new and innovative methods for interaction with others.