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date: 19 August 2019

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With the expanding landscape of and proliferation of activity related to popular music education, philosophies underpinning and informing the assessment of students participating in popular music programs have come to the forefront of discussion. This chapter discusses the relationships among music education, higher education, and popular music as commoditized product(s), as well as the context for and a set of (sub)cultural practices, and looks through the lens(es) of authenticity before exploring canon and repertoire in popular music education. It highlights examples of assessment practices in particular popular music education contexts and the ideologies and philosophies that consciously or unconsciously undergird these. The chapter then presents a model of assessment derived from working in an innovative way—called “negotiated assessment” (Kleiman, 2009, p. 2)—with undergraduate arts students across disciplines. The chapter proposes this as one possible broad, inclusive approach to establishing a philosophy of assessment for popular music education.

Keywords: popular music education, negotiated assessment, music education assessment, philosophy of assessment, higher education

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