A music educator for over 33 years, Paul Kimpton is an authority on music assessment and is the co-author of the best-selling music education books, Scale Your Way to Music Assessment, Grading for Musical Excellence and Common Core: Re-Imagining the Music Rehearsal and Classroom. He has contributed a chapter to The Practice of Assessment in Music Education. Most recently, he will be a contributing author in The Oxford Handbook of Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education. Additionally, he is the author of the Adventures with Music series for young adults where musicians are the heroes. These novels include Starting Early, Dog Tags, Summer of Firsts, and Stepping Up. The series has curriculum guides to help teachers incorporate literacy and music knowledge into their general music or performance classroom.
Mr. Kimpton is a valued clinician on music assessment and grading throughout the United States and Canada. He has been honored with the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the National Federation of High Schools and serves on the music advisory board for the Illinois High School Association. Mr. Kimpton received his Bachelors and Masters from the University of Illinois, an Administrator's Certificate from Western Illinois University, and a Guidance/Counseling Certificate from Northern Illinois University.