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December, 16, 2021
12:45 PM - 01:45 PM


W 186


Wendy Barden

Wendy Barden

3-D Assessment in Young Ensembles: Reflecting, Assessing, and Giving Feedback in a Changing Environment

Clinic Synopsis:

Student reflection, assessment, and teacher feedback are invaluable in developing ensembles. Towards that end, the tools we create and use must be easy to understand and time-efficient, and might look different depending on the current learning environment. In this session, consider three factors for determining a best approach to student reflection and teacher feedback—think rubik’s cube—then interact with several ideas that can be adapted or used immediately in your own ensembles.

Wendy Barden - Biographical Information

Wendy Barden is the music education specialist for the state of Minnesota and part of Professional Development and Resource Programs at Perpich Center for Arts Education. She began her career in Osseo (MN) Area Schools teaching instrumental and general music at the junior high level, and then served 21 years as district K-12 Music Coordinator. Some years, the coordinator position included a part-time teaching role so Wendy has also taught high school band (3 years), beginning band and orchestra (4 years), elementary general music (1 year), and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Music (8 years). During her tenure, she was named a Yamaha National Mentor Teacher, 1992 Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) Band Educator of the Year, and 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator. Barden is a long-time member of Phi Beta Mu, and in 2014, she was inducted into the MMEA Hall of Fame. Dr. Barden has authored several resources published by the Neil A. Kjos Music Company, including the Maximizing Student Performance series. She has actively served on the executive boards of several organizations including Chamber Music Minnesota, and as president of The Evergreen Club, Minnesota Band Directors Association, and Minnesota Music Educators Association. 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 is particularly passionate about standards, assessment, and student engagement.