Assessing music performance: Issues and influences

Gary E. Mcpherson, William F. Thompson

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Assessing musical performance is common across many types of music education practice, yet research clarifying the range of factors which impact on a judge's assessment is relatively scarce. This article attempts to provide focus to the current literature, by proposing a process model of assessing musical performance that identifies some of the main elements that affect a judge's assessment in formal performance settings such as competitions, auditions, recitals, Eisteddfods and graded examinations. The article includes a review of the literature according to the categories defined in the model and suggestions which are intended to form the basis for further research in the area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-24
Number of pages13
JournalResearch Studies in Music Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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