Growing Towards Artistic Independence
Self-assessment offers a number of benefits to student artists. First, it encourages them to understand their own learning. Second, it can also increase student motivation and ownership over their own learning. Even the youngest students can self-assess meaningfully as long as it is taught in developmentally appropriate ways (Bingham, Holbrook & Meyers, 2010). And, lastly, self-assessment contributes to student artistic autonomy. Music teachers Connie Hale and Susan Green identified that using self-assessment in their curricula led their own students to greater musical independence. Their students were better able to make their own corrections and judgments about quality after self-assessing (Hale & Green, 2009).