Aligning assessment with Threshold Learning Outcomes in the Creative and Performing Arts

Assessment in Music


Welcome to the website for Assessment in Music (AiM)

An approach to aligning assessment with Threshold Learning Outcomes in the Creative and Performing Arts.

This project, funded by the Office for Teaching and Learning (OLT), was undertaken by the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) in partnership with the University of Newcastle and the University of Tasmania. The project intended to develop and trial consensus moderation strategies that address the alignment between assessment and learning in tertiary music programs, particularly alignment with the Australian national Creative and Performing Arts Threshold Learning Outcome statements (CAPA TLOs). The project focused on the development and description of a shared understanding of academic standards within the discipline of music at the undergraduate level with particular attention to the basis for grading student work. Click the highlighted text for more information on the project’s goals and outcomes, funding and timeline, dissemination activities, and evaluation processes.

You can access the final report of the project by clicking here.

Assessment in Music Symposium 

The final event sponsored by the project took place at the Queensland Conservatorium on August 27, 2015.  It included a report about the resources developed by the AiM project, and guest speakers included Professor Timothy Brophy (University of Florida) who spoke about assessment in music in the international context, alerting us to the challanges we face in assessment, and Professor D. Royce Sadler (University of Queensland) who shared his views on consensus moderation of standards and his “Backwards Assessment” approach. More details and symposium materials can be found on the Dissemination page of this web site, or by clicking this link.

We invite you to explore using the menu and drop down items above, or by clicking on the hypertext links throughout the site.


The most important outcomes of this project include the mapping of assessment in all core Bachelor of Music courses at the lead institution QCGU to the Threshold Learning Outcomes for the Creative and Performing Arts and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) program learning outcomes.
Learn more in Methodology/Research Results

Assessment in Music Education: from Policy to Practice (Don Lebler, Gemma Carey and Scott D. Harrison, Editors) is now available from Springer.

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