FME1: Paper 2: Standards-Based Grading: A Necessity in Future Assessment Practices

During Week 5 of our Foundations of Music Education I: Philosophy and History course, we also needed to write a paper on a topic that could be relevant to music education as a whole. The prompt for this second paper was as follows:

Choose one contemporary and/or controversial topic to discuss that is or might be relevant to music education writ large. Remember that the first paper centered on one of your own teaching practices; this paper is geared toward our field as a whole rather than your own personal practice or experience. Of course, your personhood and your work as a music educator will inform the topic you select. Answer any one question below or establish your own inquiry:

  • Why is the topic you named important (or not) to consider as a relevant or hot-button issue in the field of music education?

  • How might this issue affect teacher education in the near and not-so-near future?

  • Given your topic of choice, whose voices are prioritized or muted? Why?

  • How might your chosen topic upend, cause dissonances, or transgress hegemonic practices in music education today?

In your paper, cite relevant literature from the field of music education, education, social sciences, gender studies, musicology/ethnomusicology, etc. This paper needs to be interdisciplinary in terms of where you glean your sources. Remember to keep returning to music and music education as home base.

As a reminder, here is a link to the rubric used for grading the paper. This time, I earned all 20 points!


Burton Hable

Burton Hable is an instrumental music educator from Central Iowa. In 2013 he helped open Centennial High School in Ankeny, the first time in forty years that a school district in Iowa expanded to two high schools. He served there through 2018 as Assistant Director of Bands: conducting the 10th Grade Symphonic Band, directing the varsity Jazz Collective, co-directing the Centennial Marching and Pep Bands, teaching music theory, and providing individual and small group lessons to brass students in grades 6-12 at Prairie Ridge Middle School, Northview Middle School, and Centennial High School. During his tenure in Ankeny, enrollment in band grew from 450 to nearly 700, the jazz program expanded from four to seven ensembles, and ensembles under his direction were invited to perform at Iowa State University, Harper College, and the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.