"Choosing Standards Or Not"

Life as experienced in spiritual and physical realms may be defined as subjective. The more full and enlarged understanding may be defined by the word "subjective". Subjective (as it relates to life) is difficult for many to state (define) and accept as anything which could play an important part in making up guidelines, and stringent standards, necessary and important for the improvement of the product of one's life and Spirit.

The subjective element's in one's life and spirit are difficult at times for one to isolate. If, then having been so defined, identified and  understood, "the subjective element of one's life may then appear to them in a more general sense and not of critical value.

The critical subjective element's in one's creative life and spirit, may then become overlooked and discarded. Then as the subjective elements of are overlooked or discarded, so as well are also the foundation for transformation of one's circumstance and their abilities to determine their destiny, their ability to make decisive action, and their ability to transform their circumstance.

When and Individual is so deprived and without this dynamic defined list of important subjective elements which create the character and talent in ones life to focus on for improvement; then one will thereby eliminate creative energizing and motivation to occur in their life. It is thus imperative to define those subjective areas of one Character, Personality, and Talents to form a foundation on which to improve their abilities in a predetermined plan for increased power in their talents and abilities to influence an affluent improvement in their life and skills, and thereby transforming themselves into a person and spirit being capable of doing work the day after tomorrow impossible to do today, but, that will be made possible by the strengthened skills and ability built on today, which thereby will be made capable tomorrow to achieve tasks tomorrow on which they will continue through observation and assessment along with continued action building on their subjective abilities of tomorrow greater power as a stepping stone to grow from, when achieved will create a greater power the day after tomorrow and in the future to achieve what would be the impossible today. This is called achievement through "Transformation". Transformation is a special type of improvement defined as transforming one's abilities to a middle ground, and building on that middle ground through further exercise, whereby you are created into a being or entity capable of achievement impossible today. Doing the impossible.

Improving the subjective in a productive manner is identifying the subjective elements of one's life which the may control, and then spending their life in the pursuit of intellect and a healthy spirit, and physical body.

Set your standards as high as your intellectual gifts can afford in all matters physical, spiritual, ethereal, and GODLY.

Do not equivocate. Apply all standards with an unapologetic toughness of equal mental attitude for all elements of the subjective. Be Holy and show magnanimous forgiving compassion too all those whom seek to deserve your love.

Understand and apply a Rubric style standard to each and every opportunity you face, and before each decision your mind considers, then impartially apply that standard to each action, and every moment of your existence.

You must be based in rational and proven inspired ability in action to answer each moment in question, inquisition, or opportunity.

Can you say; "Have I done everything I could have done, to create a profitable and successful, perfected and inspired outcome to this experience? Yes".

Take into consideration the artistic, aesthetic, and spiritual element of each moment in time, when you make your life decisions.

Ask yourself again; "What do I understand the power of my responsibilities and opportunities to be and contribute to the opportunity for the creative inspired thought and input of influence for a GODLY successful outcome in my life? I have done all I know."

Create and apply a Rubric type standard not only for your art and music, but for your entire life, physical, mental, and spiritual.

Sincerely, Choose Standards; By Daniel L Chesnut Sr. 2007, Daniel L. Chesnut Sr.


 Rubric: "Definition, Benefits, History and Types"


A rubric is a guideline for rating student performance.  Most band, choir, or orchestra festivals have such guides for adjudicators when they rate ensemble performance.  The guidelines specify what a performance is like at various levels (superior, excellent, good, poor) and, usually, on various musical attributes (tone, intonation, balance, technique, etc.).  The key elements of a rubric are the descriptors for what a performance is like within the full range of possible performance levels.


    • The rubric provides those doing the assessment with exactly the characteristics for each level of performance on which they should base their judgment.

    • The rubric provides those who have been assessed with clear information about how well they performed.

    • The rubric also provides those who have been assessed with a clear indication of what they need to accomplish in the future to better their performance.


The term rubric is derived from the Latin term "rubrica" that means, "red earth."  It came to refer to indications written in red ink within manuscripts of various forms during the middle ages.  Red markings within liturgical documents could indicate how a hymn was to be sung or a religious service was to be conducted.  In legal documents, text in red often indicated a heading in a code of law that led to rubric coming to mean any brief, authoritative rule.


There are a number of different types of rubrics depending upon the rubric's function.  The labels for these types of rubrics provides a convenient way of categorizing the possible uses of rubrics in assessing students' musical behaviors.

When a single rubric can be used to provide a general assessment of a performance, this form of rubric is said to be holistic.  When a number of rubrics are used to assess a performance, say ones that assess intonation, technique, and musicality of a student's performance, such rubrics are said to be multiple rubrics.  In multiple rubrics, the various attributes being measured should be independent aspects of performance that can stand on their own.

Rubrics can also be defined in terms of the breadth of their application. Task specific rubrics can only be applied to a single task, such as the analysis of a snare drummer's paraddidle. Generic rubrics can be applied to a broad spectrum of performances.  For instance, musicality would be a rubric that could be applied across most musical tasks.

Preceding Paragraphs Listed Under Title; "Definition, Benefits, History and Types", Copyright 1999
Edward P. Asmus, Ph.D.