Dr. Knowles
Teaching Interests and Methods

Courses Taught At Berklee College of Music

  • Psychology of Music
  • Music Cognition
  • Psychoacoustics
  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biopsychology

Teaching Methods

Taking the specifications Grading plunge

After lots of reading and debate, I made the decision to overhaul the grading method in one of my courses. I choose to experiment with Specifications Grading, a grading method developed by Dr. Linda B. Nilson.

Below I have included my slides from a talk given at Berklee’s Teachers on Teaching 2020 meeting as well as some additional resources that were helpful in developing a specifications grading-based course.

Nilson, L. (2015). Specifications grading: Restoring rigor, motivating students, and saving faculty time. Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Presentation Slides and Syllabus Examples

Additional Resources