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The DASE: The DEB'S Aural Skills Evaluation

Are you a music teacher who wants to efficiently evaluate students for an Instrumental Music Program?

The DASE offers...

Efficiency: The DASE offers a brief aural skills test, saving you valuable time compared to more time-consuming assessments.

Suitability for Young Learners: Specifically designed with young children in mind, especially Year Twos, making it more accessible and less daunting for them to complete.

Alignment with Classroom Music Learning: Reflects the learning outcomes of Classroom Music programs, ensuring that the assessment is relevant and meaningful to students' musical education.

Informed Selection Process: Provides a valuable data point to assist in the selection of students for Instrumental Music Programs, complementing other considerations such as classroom performance, behavior, and family support.

A little background

Why we created the DASE

Recruiting for Instrumental Music Programs is an important part of our jobs as Classroom Music Teachers. We were finding that the existing tests we were using were too time consuming, more difficult for young children (especially the Year Twos) to complete, and not reflective of the learning they were doing in Classroom Music programs. Rather than continuing to use something we felt was less than ideal, we decided to create something new.

The DASE is different

Who the DASE is for...

Unlike other aural skills tests, this is designed to be used with young children who are part of a Classroom Music program where they have learnt rhythmic notation and have some understanding of melodic contour on the staff.

“DASE sections were very clearly and concisely explained and there was limited confusion among students about what to do and where we were up to. Sections were highlighted as students moved through the test. It was clear where on the page students were to be looking. The test was visually friendly and voices were clear and pleasant to listen to. Only 25 questions was a positive. Easy to memorise the answers and quick to mark.
Thank you for devising a new, modern, more efficient and totally effective means of determining students' musical and aural aptitude.”

Kim, Primary Classroom Music Teacher

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A few tips and tricks

How to Use the DASE

It is important to note that this test is not designed to be used in isolation. It provides one data point for consideration during the selection process.

Other considerations may include Classroom Music and general classroom results, behaviour and effort in both Classroom Music and the general classroom, family support and interest and any physical tests conducted by instrumental teachers.

Everything you need

Here's everything inside...

A 7 page PDF that includes:

  • Background information
  • Instructions
  • The link to the video you will need to administer this test
  • The worksheet to print for your students
  • The answer sheet for easy marking!
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"Thanks for bringing your classroom knowledge to this important recruitment tool. It will cut down the time to administer and mark the tests considerably. [The DASE] was really valuable, updated and age appropriate. A much needed upstage to previous tests.”

Christine, Instrumental Music Teacher

All About

Deb Brydon

DEB BRYDON is a primary music specialist who returned to music teaching after working as a Senior Project Writer with Education Queensland’s Curriculum into the Classroom project, writing for Music and The Arts. In 2020 she earned national accreditation as a Highly Accomplished Teacher.

She has taught primary school music for over 25 years in both Charters Towers and Brisbane. Deb has been an accredited do-re-mi teacher and has also taught Classroom Music at Griffith University. She has been on the Kodály Qld committee for 20 years and was recently awarded Honorary Life Membership.

Deb has been the project co-ordinator for Kodály QLD’s DVD Projects including Musical Beginnings, Middle Years Music Education and Step Up With Music. She holds an Australian Kodály Certificate (Early Childhood) and is currently Vice-President of Kodály QLD.

She lives in Mugan-djin (Brisbane), on Yagara Country with her husband and 3 children.

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All About

Debbie O'Shea

DEBBIE O’SHEA is an enthusiastic and experienced music educator. Her qualifications include a Masters of Music Studies, a Graduate Diploma of Music Education, a Bachelor of Education, and the Holy Names Kodaly Summer Certificate (California - held in Brisbane). In 2020 Debbie earned national accreditation as a Highly Accomplished Teacher. Debbie is passionate about supporting music educators through Crescendo Music Education.

She has worked as a classroom teacher, primary music specialist, early childhood music teacher, curriculum writer, lecturer, workshop presenter, massed choir conductor and composer. Debbie is currently a Kodály Queensland Committee Member. She has had the honour of working with, Catholic Education, KMEIA Qld, Musica Viva in Schools, Music Count Us In, UQ and Griffith University. Currently, she works as a Primary Music Specialist for the Department of Education Queensland.

Debbie lives North of Brisbane on Turbul Land with her husband and has two children, now lovely young men.

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