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EIU Department of Music

Portfolio Assessment

All students are required to submit a portfolio the semester prior to graduation or student teaching. The portfolio may be submitted electronically or as a hard copy and is due by midterm during the last semester in residence on the EIU campus.

The portfolio should consist of the student’s best work, and artifacts in each category should clearly demonstrate attainment of the learning objective. Students are encouraged to be creative and focus the portfolio on individual career goals. The portfolio should not only serve as evidence of meeting departmental learning goals, but should be considered a professional resource for students to use in career advancement.  Portfolios are assessed by through the Portfolio Evaluation Rubric.

Print the appropriate Table of Contents for your degree program and include it at the front of your portfolio.  Include all items listed on the correct Table of Contents.

Learning Objectives for all Portfolios

I.1 Demonstrate an intellectual and aural understanding of the basic structural elements of music through the use of the basic vocabulary of music.

Artifacts must include:

  • at least two musicianship midterms or final examinations, demonstrating both theory skills and aural skills
  • at least one analysis, arranging, or composition project
  • item(s) of student’s choice 

I.2 Understand and analyze the role of music within a variety of cultures and historical periods, its impact on society, and its stylistic interpretation.

Artifacts must include:

  • at least one graded music history paper
  • at least one graded written assignment
  • at least one music history examination
  • item(s) of student’s choice

I.3 Demonstrate an awareness of structure and style through the development of skills necessary to create, critique, and perform music from a variety of cultures and historical periods. 

Artifacts must include:

  • programs from all degree recitals
  • program(s) from other performances
  • program notes from all recitals
  • artifact demonstrating ability to critique music
  • jury comment sheets from a minimum of four semesters of applied study
  • item(s) of student’s choice

Additional Objectives for all Bachelor of Music Portfolios (Teacher Licensure and Performance)

I.4 Demonstrate musical comprehension and leadership necessary to conduct an ensemble.

Artifacts must include:

  • two conducting evaluations (self, peer, or instructor)
  • at least one conducting video 
  • item(s) of student’s choice

I.5 Understand, use and apply technology appropriate to professional needs.

Artifacts must include:

  • one composition or arrangement written with notation software
  • at least two items of student’s choice 


Department of Music Learning Objectives for Teacher Licensure Portfolios

II.1 The competent music teacher is able to relate various types of music knowledge and skills within and across the arts.

Artifacts must include:

  • two lesson plans of different levels involving related arts
  • item(s) of student’s choice

II.2 The competent music teacher understands and is able to apply pedagogical knowledge and skills appropriate to the teaching of music.

Artifacts must include:

  • two lesson plans of different levels
  • two teaching evaluations
  • one lesson plan specific to leading a secondary level ensemble rehearsal
  • one lesson plan incorporating technology
  • item(s) of student’s choice

College of Education and Professional Studies Learning Objectives for Teacher Licensure Portfolios 

III.1 Demonstrate good communication skills.

Artifacts must include:

  • one paper with the instructor’s evaluation of its writing style
  • one evaluation of an oral presentation or speech
  • item(s) of student’s choice

III.2 Use basic skills of measurement and assessment in instructional decision-making.

Artifacts must include:

  • three evaluation tools written by the student
  • item(s) of student’s choice

III.3 Demonstrate knowledge of past and present developments, issues in research, and social influences in the field of education.

Artifacts must include:

  • two assignments chosen from MUS 2440, 2441, 2442, 3400, or 3440 dealing with current issues in education (must be from two different classes)
  • two assignments chosen from EDF 2555, EDF 4450, SED 3330, EDP 3325, SPE 3500 or SPE 3000 dealing with current issues in education (must be chosen from two different classes) 

Narrative Reflection for all Students:

Demonstrate reflection on growth as a musician, performer, and/or composer:

  • narrative statement (at least one typed page):

“Choose three artifacts from this portfolio. Describe what you learned from each assignment/project/performance, how each reflects your best work, and how each demonstrates attainment of the department learning objective.”

Additional Narrative Reflection for all Teacher Licensure Students:

  • narrative statement (at least one typed page):

“During your time preparing to be a music teacher you have participated in a number of classes, clinical experiences, ensembles, and recitals. How have you grown as a musician and a teacher from your first days as a college student? Provide specific examples of experiences that helped you learn and develop skills.”

Additional Narrative Reflection for all B.Mus Performance and B.A., Music Theory and Composition Students:

  • narrative statement (at least one typed page):

“During your time preparing to be a performer and/or composer you have participated in a number of classes, ensembles, and recitals. How have you grown as a musician and a performer and/or composer from your first days as a college student? Provide specific examples of experiences that helped you learn and develop skills.”

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Contact Information

Music Department

Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-3010
music@eiu.edu


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