CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS
THE EVALUATION AND ASSESSMENT OF ELECTRONICALLY-COMPOSED AND PERFORMED MUSIC
Some purveyors of traditional music may see the introduction of electronics and
electronic instruments as stains on the grand tapestry of music; yet there are many composers
and performers who have embraced the possibilities that can emanate from technology and deftly
woven those threads into this aural tapestry. A significant step toward equal footing with Western
art music is to critically evaluate and assess electronically-composed and -performed music.
This paper will address issues of evaluating and assessing electronically-composed and
performed music, especially as it relates to defining composition, discussing “skill,” and
contemplating musical literacy.