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Circular Figure

Mapping these three domains onto the six levels yields eighteen ‘headlines’ of musical engagement. These can be represented as segments in concentric circles, as shown in the figure below. The expanding circles are intended as a metaphor for musical growth, moving from individuals with little or no awareness of themselves at the centre to sophisticated cultural participants at the outer ring.

Each segment breaks down into four more detailed ‘elements’, labelled ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’, to you help gauge an individual’s capacity to engage with music (through formative assessment) and to plan activities accordingly. An overview of the 18 elements is to be found here. Read more about the framework for making summative assessments, which indicate someone’s level of engagement with music at a particular time (or over a short period).

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