School of Music


Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)


Kathryn L. Wert


Inclusion, Differentiation Practices, Summative Assessment, Formative Assessment, Special Needs, General Music


Education | Music | Music Education


This project contains an analysis of the current inclusion and assessment practices of the middle school (7th and 8th grade) general music classroom. There are many studies concerning inclusion of students with special needs and the importance of assessments in teaching music. However, there are very few studies that connect assessment techniques with inclusion, demonstrating that music teachers are teaching to each student’s ability. This study used the case study methodology in the qualitative approach with teacher interviews, surveys, and several classroom observations to analyze the data. The data was coded, and names of people and the school district were anonymized to protect the privacy of those involved. After the data was analyzed, the best strategies for assessment as well as how to use those assessments were provided. The purpose of this project is to present findings on how methods of assessment can increase the success of all students in the inclusive general music classroom.