Composing from Scratch: A Storyboard, Rationale and Reflection on Creating a Course for Digital Music Examiners Using The 7Cs Framework


learning design technology
music assessment
7Cs framework
digital music examiners
music education

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Fileti, J. (2022) “Composing from Scratch: A Storyboard, Rationale and Reflection on Creating a Course for Digital Music Examiners Using The 7Cs Framework”, Eurasian music science journal. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, (1), pp. 50–83. doi: 10.34920/EAMSJ/vol_2022_issue_1/85.


The impact of COVID-19 as a global pandemic placed the cultural field of music education into an online world which requires new and innovative ways of thinking about teaching, learning and assessment.

Innovative methods in the field of music education, are often about the pedagogy with less consideration and understanding of how to create approaches using learning design technology to enhance and engage the experience of every learner, including that of the teacher. This research paper presents a storyboard depicting a conceptual model of learning design, the rationale for design and reflection on peer review researcher feedback.

The study seeks to use learning design in practice as a tool to provide the necessary training to music examiners undertaking music assessments delivered on an innovative digital platform designed and built by the International School of Musicians. A conclusion is provided with suggestions on how to improve practice now that we all find ourselves living in a world of digitalisation.


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