The Sixth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education (2017)

  • Birmingham City University University House, 15 Bartholomew Row Birmingham B5 5JU United Kingdom

About the Symposium

Context Matters: The Sixth International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education will be held from 18-21 April 2017 at Birmingham City University in Birmingham, UK.

Organising Chairs

Timothy S. Brophy, University of Florida
Martin Fautley, Birmingham City University

Call for papers and presentations

The University of Florida and Birmingham City University will host the 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education in April 2017 at Birmingham City University in the UK. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together music education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in music education assessment.

We invite primary and secondary school music educators, higher education professionals and music education researchers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to join us in Birmingham.

The Focus of the Symposium

The assessment of music learning and development from infancy to senior adults is vitally important to music educators and researchers. Furthermore, the music education profession worldwide is facing increased expectations for accountability of learning in music classrooms. In some countries, student learning in music is being used as a component of teacher evaluation. These developments in the assessment of music learning and development at all ages place increased emphasis on efficient and effective assessment practices, valid and reliable measurement of student learning, and the evolution of teacher evaluation to include evidence of student learning. The two symposium strands and their associated key questions focus on these areas.

Key Questions

The Key Questions for this symposium fall into two strands. They are:

Strand 1: Practice

  • What models, designs, and practices are most successful in assessing student achievement and skill in music in diverse educational systems?
  • In what ways are music educators using assessment data effectively to improve music teaching and learning?

Strand 2: Assessment in Context

  • How is music learning assessed in local, regional, state, national, and international contexts?
  • In what ways are assessment data analyzed to yield meaningful information in different contexts?
  • What forms, tools, or processes are used to assess and/or evaluate the practice of music teaching?
  • In what ways are reliability and validity influenced by assessment contexts?
  • What unforeseen and unplanned outcomes of assessment and evaluation have been observed?

Call for Papers and Presentations

We seek submissions for research papers, posters, panel discussions, and assessment practice papers that address the symposium theme and key questions. 

Details of the submission process and registration are available at

  • Submissions are due by Friday, September 2, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Proposals can be considered for session presentation or the Symposium poster session or both.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of prominent music educators, and notifications will be completed by October 21, 2016.