Judge / Assess / Rank


Subject: Judge / Assess / Rank
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 10:13:43 EDT


At 23:41 +1000 2005/09/15, miriam clinton (iriXx) wrote:
>Morgan Sutherland wrote:
>
>>I find that it's a good thing when judgments are not so concrete....
>
>why do we need to judge?

Maybe a slight shift in terms may assist here. Competitions are about
assessing, judging and ranking. This is a characteristic of life. The
fe/male seeking a partner will assess available candidates and if
there are many who fit the criteria, judgements will follow, and then
ranking.

Even educated fleas do it.

My first assignment for the 3rd year ea course has begun to bring
this into focus for the class and has led to assessment /
re-assessment. Since the Cache series of CDs
http://cec.concordia.ca/jttp/index.htm now numbers 6, there exists
within the ea community a source of materials to develop this idea.

The Cache CDs contain the top 10 works from the CEC's young and
emerging composers competition, Jeux de temps / TimesPlay, but on the
CDs the pieces are placed in alphabetical order.

Asking the class to listen to these pieces, to assess each one and
give it a 'value', and then to rank them from 1 - 10, allows each
student the possibility of grappling with the issues related to
judging.

Only 5 pieces will be selected for 'awards', and the class has to
determine not only which pieces will 'win', but more importantly,
"why".

The JTTP contest appears to be somewhat unique in that all
submissions are available on the web and it is possible for anyone to
go through the whole set of submissions and determine whether they
agree with the statistical consensus.

As a service to the composers, jury members are encouraged to write
their comments, advice, suggestions ... which range from: "mastery
and control in all ways", to "a very nice 5 minute piece --
unfortunately it took you 7 1/2 minutes", to "you need better
speakers", to "don't give up your day (or your night) job".

Best

Kevin



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