November 4, 2015
I had an interesting conversation recently with a music educator from academia. We were talking about musical and social outcomes from music education programs. If I said that program X has a great outcome, she would ask: “what lens or you putting on for this outcome”. This begs the question of definition for outcome. How can we truely measure a multifaceted outcome in a meaningful way. There are logic models we can contruct. There are measuring tools we can make and adopt. But how can we “define” in a “moment in time” the impact of our teaching and resultant learning. I think we need to continue to hold the tension between our observations and the questions we haven’t even thought of yet!