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Assessment (HC)

Music Department

                                                               Music Department Four-Year Library Skills Rubric


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4 / Senior Project


Know the general layout and locations of scores, literature about music, and recordings. Know the existence of streaming recordings (Naxos, DRAM, Variations, etc.)

Know the existence of collected works, monuments, and reference works.




Need to be able to find performing scores to the pieces they want to study.


Find other musicians’ interpretations of composers’ works by listening to recorded performances.


Be able to search a variety of discovery tools such as the library catalog, WorldCat, and online score resources (ISMLP, for example).

Evaluate scores for accuracy and authority. Understand the concept of the Urtext edition.


Have an understanding of how intellectual property, copyright, and fair use are applied to music materials.


For program notes, be able to explore general information sources to increase familiarity with the topic such as music encyclopedias and dictionaries, music histories, and composer biographies.


Read and otherwise be familiar with program notes of professional organizations for ideas of approach, tone, etc.


Learn the basics of music notation/engraving software, such as Sibelius and/or Finale.

Have an understanding of how intellectual property, copyright, and fair use are applied to music materials.


Have a grasp of key orchestration resources, such as manuals, treatises, and recordings.


Learn the advanced techniques in music notation/engraving software, such as Sibelius and/or Finale.




Know of general encyclopedia as well as key specialized reference resources.


Identify a topic and formulate research questions.


Refine a topic to a manageable focus.


Identify key concepts and terms that describe the topic.


Navigate the subject portal to identify appropriate bibliographic tools for their topic.


Search a variety of specialized discovery tools in the field of music such as Oxford Music Online and the RILM Abstracts to gather together a working bibliography.


Identify a variety of types and formats of sources of information such as books; articles; scholarly, critical and performance editions; sound and video recordings and accompanying notes; websites by scholarly organizations and subject experts.


Recognize that in addition to writings and interviews, primary sources in music include recordings and scores.


Evaluate resources for reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias. Be aware of the danger of relying on sources that may not be vetted.


Create consistently formatted references and citations for sources including scores, recordings, and their accompanying notes.


For Theses:

Understand the process of how to identify a thesis statement.


Develop a research plan.


Find a score within a composer’s collected works.


Consider conference proceedings, dissertations, and archives when gathering sources.


Know how to trace references to their sources.


For presentations:

Be comfortable with presentation software such as PowerPoint.


Be comfortable with presentation hardware such as the classroom computers and the projection system.


Be aware of your physical appearance and presence within the space with attention to vocal projection and eye contact.


Be able to stay within the stated presentation time limit.