Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Content Description

1 online resource (xvii, 175 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Alan P Wagner

Committee Members

Kathryn Schiller, Gilbert Valverde


music evaluation, NYSSMA, performance assessment, solo music performance, Music, Teenage musicians, Child musicians

Subject Categories

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Education Policy | Music


This dissertation undertakes an analysis of 1,044 performance evaluations from New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Spring Festival solo adjudication ratings of student performers from a large suburban school district. It relies on results of evaluations of observed performances, and takes these evaluations as assessments of what the student performers know and are able to do in this field. The analyses undertaken in this study seek to uncover patterns in performance ratings by identified conditions of performance (time of day of performance, level of music performed, and performance medium) and characteristics of performers (gender, race/ethnicity, and grade level). The research questions focus on associations between performance scores and conditions of performance and characteristics of performers.