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MUSIC JOURNAL

JOURNAL CONTENTS: Journal Submissions should include the following items

1. Responses to the Listening Book

The Listening Book contains the essence of what this class is about--making music, first by listening in a focused way, then by joining in, then by making your own music. You see on the Schedule readings assigned for most weeks. As you read, your are to respond briefly in writing to each chapter of the book. These responses to individual chapters will be brief; but every chapter merits a comment of some kind.

Many of the readings require you to do something. Note especially treadings from page 137 through169.; these are practices everyone should undertake as part of your work in the class. The very small amount of musical vocabulary you need for all of these exercises you will learn at at the beginning of the class. No special skills are expected or needed. For work where you need a keyboard, use pianos in the practice rooms in the basement of Ives hall, or any other keyboards (electronic or acoustic) you can access.

This is a DOING book at least as much as a READING book. Make sure you always DO what is described and/or requested of you. What you discover by carrying out the activities Mathieu describes is the most important source for your responses; your response should focus on what happens when you carry out the activity.

Reflective chapters that don't require acitivity should stimulate a reflective response from you. Have you had similar experiences to those he describes? Have you ever thought along the same lines? These chapters will often suggest connections between music making and everyday life--between music and society. Seek connection between the points he makes and your own life experience and write about the connections you find.

And by all means, speak your mind! This is not a text book, but rather a thinking book. If your thinking and/or your experience lead you to disagree with Mathieu, say so--he would be the first to welcome such disagreement. But make sure you state the reasons for your disagreement--your own experience, another line of thinking.

NOTE: I know that ome of you will have much more experience in music than others. The lack of prior experience in music will not affect your ability to carry out most of the activities in this book; if there are terms or concepts that need explanation, they will be discussed at the appropriate time in class. Using Mathieu as your guide, each of you will be equally able to explore the world of music making--that is, musicking. Your responses are the record of that exploration.

Keep your responses in a word processor document. Twice during the semester, you will submit these responses as a part of your Journal submission. See the Schedule, or the bottom of this page, for the dates for submission.

2. Symphony of Time and Place : (See Mathieu, pp. 9-12.)

Choose a time and place which contain a sound environment you wish to explore for its own sake--that is, music. (Do not choose to listen to existing music for a Symphony of Place.)

Listen, with full attention, to the sound that surrounds you. Focus entirely on the sound you hear at every moment. Do not try to make the sounds conform to any preconceived notions. Let them simply be themselves.

Respond in writing to your experience. Your response should include two components: a list of what you hear; and a brief discussion of your response to what you hear, or experience, while listening.

Symphony of Time and Place is one extreme of musicking by listening: LET IT BE. When you listen with full attention to what sounds are happening, without any interest in what those sounds MEAN beyond what the ARE, you are making music happen for yourself. Such musicking-listening is a unique experience; those sounds will never happen in quite the same way again. You have taken a slice of sound-life and made it your music of the moment . No communication has taken place, just experience, right? Well... Much to think about here.

You need to include at least one Symphony of Time and Place for each Journal submission. Make notes of what you hear and your response to your hearing; then type your completed Symphony of Time and Place and include in in the e-mail with your Listening Book Responses.

3. Intensive Listening (See Mathieu, pp. 34-37.)

Choose a piece of instrumental music--no words, they change the focus of what we're doing here--of moderate length (3 to 6 minutes). For five consecutive days, listen to the piece twice through. Focus only on the piece; try not to think about anything else.

Before you begin listening, indicate briefly why you chose this piece. Then, after each listening (two each day), write down your response to the piece. (There should be a total of ten responses.) What stood out to you each time? What new aspects did you notice? Check the What to Listen For In Music page for ideas about how wo shift your focus for different listenings. How has your perception changed--if at all?

At the end of your report, write a brief summary of how your experience of the piece did or did not change.

Intensive Listening is the opposite extreme of musicking by listening: TAKE IT APART . Here you listen to the same recording (of a sound object defined as music) ten times, focusing on different aspects of what you are hearing. What are you to listen for? Check the How to Listen page for a summary of the kinds of listening focuses we use in class. When you listen this way, has communication taken place? What has been communicated?

You need to include at least one Intensive Listening for each Journal submission. Keep notes of your response to each listening, then type up your Intensive Listening--why you chose this piece, comments on what you heard each timeyou listened--separate comments for each listening--and a summary of how your experience of the piece did or did not change..

4. Personal Essays--Click on the link for guidelines for each essay. Make sure you read these guidelines before writing the essay!
Essay 1: Most Memorable Musical Experience to be submitted in the e-mail for Journal Submission 1

Essay 2: Most Common Music Ritual to be submitted in the e-mail for Journal Submission II

5. Event Responses Event Responses may be submitted with either Journal Submission

6. Listening Responses any late Listening Responses may be submitted with either Journal Submission

7. Music and Education

At the end of the semester, I want you to look back on the role that education--prior to this semester and during the semester--in your appreciation of and involvement with music. This is your opportunity to reflect, in a Mathieu-like way, on where you are musickally (note the spelling) today and the path you followed to get there..

The following questions will guide your reflections. They ask you to explore the prior relationship between schooling and music in your life, to consider the effects of our work this semester on your musical self and to speculate on what comes next musickally.

What did you learn about music in elementary school? In high school? How much music making was a part of your K-12 school experience? What about music listening in school?

Did your experience of music in school train you to be a consumer of music? How important to the development of your own musical taste was--is--the study of music in school?

When you began this class, what did you expect from listening to music? What kinds of music fulfilled your expectations?

How has your experience of making music this semester affected the way you listen to music?

What musics new to you this semester semester do you expect to continue listening to after the class? What attracted you to those musics?

How do you plan to musick after this class?

Answers to these questions are to be included in the e-mail for the second Journal Submission.

 

JOURNAL SUBMISSION REQUIRMENTS SUMMARIZED:

Here is a list of the material to be contained in each Journal submission with the date due and the points possible for what is submitted with the Journal. (Event Responses and Listening Reports are graded separately.)

Journal 1 due 3/27

Journal 2 due 5/24

Listening Book responses

08

Symphony of Time and Place

01

Intensive Listening

03

Small Group Meeting Reports

05

Personal Essay 1

05

Event Responses

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late Listening Reports

---

Total Possible

22

Listening Book responses

08

Symphony of Time and Place

01

Intensive Listening

03

Small Group Meeting Reports

05

Personal Essay 2

05

Event Responses

---

late ListeningReports

---

Music and Education questions

04

Total Possible

26

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