FINAL PROJECT GRADING CRITERIA

 

Advanced – 7 pts. Proficient – 6 pts. Basic – 5 pts. Below Basic – 4 pts.

Metamorphosis over time

The music has a lucid sense of direction with strong climax points plus a clear beginning, middle and ending. The music has a clear sense of direction with strong climax points plus a distinct
beginning, middle and ending.
The music has an apparent sense of direction with some gestures toward climax points plus an apparent beginning, middle and ending. The music has a limited sense of direction with minimal gestures toward climax points
plus an ambiguous beginning, middle and ending.

Mood/Atmosphere

The feeling created by the music is germane to the genre and nature of the project. The feeling created by the music is appropriate to the genre and
nature of the project.
The feeling created by the music is applicable to the genre and
nature of the project.
The feeling created by the music is unrelated to the genre and
nature of the project.

Cohesion vs. Interest

The music is exciting due to inspired treatment of unity and variety The music is interesting due to a balance of unity and variety The music is methodical due to a lack of variety or disorganized due to lack of unity. The music is either routine due to a lack of variety or chaotic due to lack of unity.

  Anticipation and Fulfillment

The music has unexpected, yet delightful surprises.
The music is strikingly memorable
The music has unexpected, yet appropriate moments. The music is memorable. The music is predictable. The music is typical of many similar examples. The music is methodical. The music offers a challenge to one's ability to recall the material

Resistance and Completion

The music has an exemplary contrast of tension and relaxation The music has a convincing contrast of tension and relaxation The music has a marginal contrast of tension and relaxation The music has a limited contrast of tension and relaxation

Originality vs. Cliche

The music offers aspects that are unique. The music is highly sophisticated and creative The music offers aspects that are unusual. The music exhibits an adequate degree of sophistication The music offers aspects that are common. The music is marginal in terms of naiveté` vs. sophistication The music offers aspects that are ordinary. The music is limited in terms of naiveté vs. sophistication

Subtlety vs. Lack of Refinement

The music is highly polished and subtle. The music is adequately polished. The music is marginal in terms of polish versus crudeness. The music is limited in terms of polish versus crudeness.

Form

The music has a clear beginning, middle and ending and a strong sense of direction. The music has a clear beginning, middle and ending and a some sense of direction. The music has an indistinct beginning, middle and ending. The music has an indeterminate beginning, middle and ending and no sense of direction.

Rhythm

Rhythmic figures, motifs, semi-phrases, phrases and phrase groups are cohesive, varied and creatively developed. Rhythmic figures, motifs, semi-phrases, phrases and phrase groups are cohesive, yet varied. Rhythmic figures, motifs, semi-phrases, phrases and phrase groups are ambiguous or misleading in their development. Rhythmic figures, motifs, semi-phrases, phrases and phrase groups are dubious and uncertain in their development

Melody

Melodies have contours with a high point, a low point and a number of contour groups.
Pitch sequences generally follow principles of conjunct voice leading and tendency-tone resolution in a way that reinforces the dramatic direction of the music.
Melodies have contours with a high point, a low point and a number of contour groups.
Pitch sequences generally follow principles of conjunct voice leading and tendency-tone resolution.
Melodies have contours. Pitch sequences generally are stable in terms of tonal center. Melodies have few contours within a very narrow range.
Pitch sequences generally are ambiguous in terms of reinforcing the tonic function.

Harmony

The harmonic language reinforces the mood and atmosphere of the piece. Principles of voice leading are followed. Principles of treatment of consonance and dissonance are followed in a way that reinforces the dramatic direction of the music. The harmonic language reinforces the mood and atmosphere of the piece. Principles of voice leading are followed. Principles of treatment of consonance and dissonance are followed. The harmonic language occasionally reinforces the mood and atmosphere of the piece. Principles of voice leading are marginally followed. Principles of treatment of consonance and dissonance are followed. The harmonic language marginally reinforces the mood and atmosphere of the piece. Principles of voice leading are limited in application. Principles of treatment of consonance and dissonance are followed.

Timbre

Instrumentation and tone color choices take advantage of a myriad of combinations and variations of available resources in a way that reinforces the mood and dramatic direction of the music. Instrumentation and tone color choices take advantage of numerous combinations and variations of available resources. Instrumentation and tone color choices are restrained Instrumentation and tone color choices are restricted.

Texture

A sufficient variety of texture types (such as monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic and heterophonic) and part densities (such as one part, two part, three part) are present and are applied n a way that reinforces the mood/atmosphere and dramatic direction of the music. A sufficient variety of texture types (such as monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic and heterophonic) and part densities (such as one part, two part, three part) are present. A sufficient variety of texture types (such as monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic and heterophonic) and part densities (such as one part, two part, three part) are marginally present. A sufficient of texture types (such as monophonic, polyphonic, homophonic and heterophonic) and part densities (such as one part, two part, three part) are limited.
       

Shaping elements/Contour

The music calls for a wide range of dynamics and articulations that reinforce the dramatic aspects and metamorphic changes in the music. The music calls for a wide and varied range of dynamics and articulations in performance. The music calls for some variations of dynamics and articulations in performance. The music calls for a limited or restricted range of dynamics and articulations in performance.

The Score

The written score is impeccable in legibility and accuracy. The written score is adequate in legibility and accuracy. The written score is marginal in legibility and accuracy. The written score is limited in legibility and accuracy.