Dr. Joseph Feretti and Elaine Lau
Dr.Joseph Feretti and Elaine Lau, co-investigators and authors (LCMC partners with Queen's University Faculty of Education)
iSCORE was designed to help motivate students to take responsibility for their practising and overall music learning and music creation. iSCORE helps students set goals, create new work, and respond to feedback from teachers, peers and parents. It also facilitates mid-week communication between students and teachers, ultimately helping students become independent learners. iSCORE includes a text annotation tool and links to recording software.
iSCORE was created over several years, building on the work of the CSLP in developing ePEARL, a related tool for classroom teaching. In 2011, the team secured funding from Canadian Heritage to develop iSCORE—specially designed for independent (studio) music teachers. We have secured funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, ($1.9 million) under the Partnership Grants program, to conduct research on the effectiveness of iSCORE—and to share those findings—from 2011–2017.