Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Music Department - St. Cloud State University

Meeting MN Re-licensure Requirements, Measuring Student Growth In Music, and Standards-Based Assessment and Grading In Music

Wendy Barden

Meeting MN Re-licensure Requirements

In this three-session class, participants will address all six required areas for renewal of their Minnesota teaching licensure?positive behavior intervention, early warning signs of mental illness, technology integration, curriculum adaptation/modification, reading preparation, and reflective statement.

Each session will focus on practical application of the re-licensure topics in the music classroom.Attendance and participation in class discussions and activities will meet re-licensure requirements?no work outside of class is expected.


The Big Idea is classroom community. How can we create a classroom community that is supportive of learning?


Teacher-student relationships
Student-student relationships
Student behavior and classroom management
Childhood and teen depression
Performance anxiety


The Big Idea is student engagement. How can we engage all students to achieve at high levels?


Instructional technology
Performance assessment


The Big Idea is literacy. How can we help students become more fluent readers of text and music?


Written activities and assessments

Measuring Student Growth                                            

Discuss evidence of student learning—data—available in music classes, then consider ways to use the data both to increase learning and to show student achievement/growth over time. Topics will include:

  • Performance assessment
  • Student self-assessment of performance
  • Written assessment
  • Effect size

Standards-Based Assessment and Grading             

Discuss the research and practical implementation of standards-based assessment and grading specifically in music classes. Topics will include:

  • Identifying levels of performance
  • Reporting standards for achievement
  • Reporting attitude, effort, behavior, attendance separate from achievement
  • How do concerts fit in?
  • Formative and summative assessment
  • The role and power of feedback
  • Multiple opportunities to demonstrate achievement
  • Reflection
  • Grades

Wendy Barden has been a music educator in Osseo Area Schools (Minnesota) since 1977, and currently serves as K–12 Music Coordinator for a department of 55 music educators. Her teaching experience spans elementary through Meeting Minnesota Re-licensurecollege levels in instrumental and general music classrooms. She was named a Yamaha National Mentor Teacher, MENC Nationally Registered and Certified Music Educator, and 1992 Minnesota Music Educators Association Band Educator of the Year. Under her leadership, Osseo Area Schools has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for multiple years.

Dr. Barden’s extensive work in the classroom has provided the basis for several groundbreaking publications for band, strings, and general music, all published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Barden is the author of the Maximizing Student Performance series, and co-author of Artistry in Strings and Recorder Excellence. She is also a contributing author of the Standard of Excellence Beginning Band Series and String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra, and author of the Standard of Excellence Music Theory and History Workbooks Teacher’s Editions. Barden is an active clinician, and has presented workshops for music educators in 31 states and Canada.

Wendy Barden holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D., also from the University of Minnesota, is in music with emphasis in music education and musicology. She has pursued additional studies in assessment, arts integration, and creativity.

Dr. Barden has actively served on the board of directors of Chamber Music Minnesota, and as president of both the Minnesota Band Directors Association and Minnesota Music Educators Association. She is a member of Phi Beta Mu.

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