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Assessing students in a trios or quartets?

I would love to know if anyone assesses their students by having them sing in trios or quartets. I have used this assessment tool for 2 years, but I don't seem to have the most useful rubric/scoring method. Anyone have any ideas?
Thank you!
Randi Rexroth
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on February 2, 2014 4:35am

Here is the rubric I use.  We do small group assessment but also individual.
on August 26, 2014 6:56pm
J.D. I JUST picked this up. I appreciate your response! Thank you:)
on September 4, 2014 5:08pm
I use this method.  While singing in quartets there is an assigned "listener" (usually a section leader or really good reader) who is following along on each part, along with myself. The assigned listener is to mark any pitch error or rhythmic error as they occur and come up with a number of "misses".  by the way each group always gets a second read to imporve.  The better score is given.  
For scoring the individual singer and you can score along any percentage or against any number of total points you come up with. Count the misses and deduct from a total score. You might want to examine the rubric for scoring dictation on the AP Music Theory examine.  It gives good guide lines for weighing pitch and rhythm errors. (I sometimes defer to this system)
I also give a base score for performance on a scale from 1-10  It's subjective but in incorporates intonation, beauty of tone, balance, and blend.  Take the two scores and give a grade.
If the example is for purposes of dynamcis, expression and articulation, then that grade schould be given as well.  
My most common assessment is to hear correct pitches and rhythm with good intonation.  So averaging two grades.  The dynmaics is something to add on if you are ready to push beyond accuracy. then the 3 grades average.
good luck!
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