The objective ear: Assessing the progress of a music task

Joel Burrows, Vivekanandan Kumar

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Music educators assess the progress made by their students between lessons. This assessment process is error prone, relying on skills and memory. An objective ear is a tool that takes as input a pair of performances of a piece of music and returns an accurate and reliable assessment of the progress between the performances. The tool evaluates performances using domain knowledge to generate a vector of metrics. The vectors for a pair of performances are subtracted from each other and the differences are used as input to a machine-learning classifier which maps the differences to an assessment. The implementation demonstrates that an objective ear tool is a feasible and practical solution to the problem of assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Educational Technology
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Educational Technology
ISSN (Print)2196-4963
ISSN (Electronic)2196-4971


  • Assessment
  • Learning analytics
  • Machine learning
  • Music education


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