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Assessment of Student Learning

Frederick Burrack

fred  Director of the Office of Assessment 
  Professor of Music Education, Chair of Graduate Studies in Music

  Anderson Hall 226
  785.532.3429 | fburrack@k-state.edu

Frederick Burrack is Director of Assessment, Professor of Music Education, Graduate Chair for Music, Distinguished Graduate Faculty. He joined the Kansas State music faculty as a music education specialist in Fall 2005. Dr. Burrack taught instrumental music education at Ball State University from 2002-2005 and instrumental music in the Carroll Community School District in Carroll, Iowa from 1982-2002.He has served as the Chair for the National Association for Music Education Assessment Special Research Interest Group and as Co-Chair for their work in developing Model Cornerstone Assessments that accompany the National K-12 Music Standards. His co-edited book “Applying Model Cornerstone Assessments in K–12 Music: A research supported approach” was published in 2018. A new text for assessing music will be published in 2020 with co-authors Dr. Kelly Parkes, Dr. Phillip Payne, and Dr. Brian Wesolowski.

His sustained research activity is found in highly regarded publications such as the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Handbook on Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, Assessment Update, and the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Burrack’s research interests include student learning processes and assessment of learning, cross-disciplinary instruction, and instructional thought development in music teachers.  He guides professional development seminars across the United States, has numerous publications in music education and assessment journals, and has presented many conference sessions nationally and internationally. Dr. Burrack has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of her exemplary professional contributions. In 2016 he was recognized by Wartburg College with the Outstanding Alumni Citation for his teaching and research; also in 2016 Kansas State University Office of Assessment under his leadership was among 10 awarded the Excellence in Assessment Designation; in 2017 awarded Distinguished Graduate Faculty by Kansas State University. In 2018 he was opening keynote for the International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Learning at Jilin University in Chanchung, China and led 15 sessions across Taiwan in May 2019. Professional development for assessment at Taiwaneese universities is ongoing.