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For many teachers throughout Australia this time of year means one thing: REPORTS!!!!

I can't reinforce what Denise Gagne from Music Play says (http://www.musicplay.ca):

"Report cards are not anyone's favorite job, but it's important to communicate how the students have progressed in music.  If we don't assess, evaluate and report on what we've taught, it's possible that parents will look at music as a "frill" or "something extra" that we do if we have time, and not as a subject area that's really valuable to our student".

So in order to help you start that time consuming task, here are some comment suggestions.

 
Attitude
The student:

  • is an enthusiastic learner who seems to enjoy music class.
  • exhibits a positive outlook and attitude in the music classroom.
  • is a positive influence on other students in music class.
  • participates with enthusiasm when singing
  • participates with enthusiasm when playing instruments
  • shows enthusiasm for music classroom activities.
  • volunteers ideas and suggestions in musical activities
  • strives to always do their best in music class.
  • is committed to doing their best in music class
  • enjoys problem solving and challenges in music class.
  • takes responsibility for their learning in music class.

Behavior
The student:

  • cooperates with the teacher and other students.
  • participates appropriately when playing musical games
  • transitions easily between musical activities without distraction.
  • is courteous and shows good manners in the classroom.
  • follows music classroom rules.
  • conducts themselves with maturity.
  • responds appropriately when corrected.
  • remains focused on the activity.
  • resists the urge to be distracted by other students.
  • is kind and helpful to everyone in the classroom.
  • sets an example of excellence in behavior and cooperation.
  • shows respect for teachers and peers.
  • treats the instruments with care and respect.

Participation
The following comments are leveled.

1 - Developing

  • Beginning to participate appropriately and actively in music class.  Requires frequent teacher reminders.

2 - Satisfactory

  • Sometimes participates appropriately and actively in music class.  Requires teacher reminders.

3 - Proficient

  • - Participates appropriately and actively in music class.  Occasionally requires teacher prompts.

4 - Excellent

  • Participates appropriately and actively in all music classes.

Skills
The following comments are leveled.

1 - Developing

  • Beginning to perform some singing and instrument parts with teacher support

2 - Satisfactory

  • Can perform some singing and instrument parts with teacher support.

3 - Proficient

  • Can performsinging and instrument parts.  Requires prompts from the teacher.

4 - Excellent

  • Can perform all singing and instrument parts independently.

Beat and Rhythmic Concepts
The following comments are leveled.

1 - Developing

  • beginning to read, write, and identify some of the beat and rhythm concepts, with teacher support.

2 - Satisfactory

  • reads, writes, and identifies some of beat and rhythm concepts, with teacher support.

3 - Proficient

  • reads, writes, and identifies all beat and rhythm concepts, with teacher prompts.

4 - Excellent

  • Independently reads, writes, and identifies all beat and rhythm concepts.

Melodic Concepts
The following comments are leveled.

1 - Developing

  • beginning to read, write, and identify some of the melodic concepts, with teacher support.

2 - Satisfactory

  • reads, writes, and identifies some of melodic concepts, with teacher support.

3 - Proficient

  • reads, writes, and identifies all melodic concepts, with teacher prompts.

4 - Excellent

  • Independently reads, writes, and identifies all melodic concepts.

Much of the above information is by, or has been adapted from, Denise Gagne: http://www.musicplay.ca and has been reprinted here with her permission. Thanks Denise!

A quick search on the net came up with some other great report writing inspiration:

Designed by Christy Temple, Mill Valley School

Education World

University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

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