You will be able to appreciate, I'm sure, my situation as a Music teacher and attempting to be effective in keeping students engaged while also holding them accountable. After all, academic institutions use grades to calibrate successes and failures. It's easy to mark theory and technique, but art and musical preferences are unique to an individual. We don't all 'like' the same things and music has such a broad scope of emotional strings. So, when reaching out to my music students, I have two obligations and objectives. As we're coming up to a reporting time, I need numbers and a way to substantiate them. That being the case, I contacted Grade 12 student,
to submit some work. Katie is in a unique situation: she tested out of IB SL Solo Performing in Grade 11 (with a grade well above the international average, too, I am pleased to report) but chose to pursue her music studies in Grade 12. With her Grade 12 credit already earned, I gave her the option to study her music as she sees fit, setting her own goals and expectations along with supplying me with a rubric for her ongoing assessment. She does have to take a theory test each cycle too, but she doesn't seem to mind. She scores top results on those as well; there are "no dents in her armour". She is currently in two School ensembles and has been the Lead Female cast member of the past three School Broadway musical productions. She's a true 'triple-threat' on stage.