A crucial part of this course involves listening to music outside
class. As part of your class work, you are required to listen to
music or watch videos about music for two hours each week, and to
write a response to what you have heard and/or seen.
WHAT TO LISTEN TO/WATCH
The Class Schedule lists the type of music you should be exploring
for each unit of the class. The Music 270 Multimedia
Resources guide lists by unit and topic audio and video resources
available to you in the library; you may choose any items on this
list for your weekly listening/viewing. You may use other sources
as well--your own collections of recordings, those of your friends,
radio, the Internet. But make certain you choose music and videos
relevant to what we are studying that week. If in doubt, check
with me first.
WEEKLY RESPONSE FORMAT
List all you have listened to or watched for the class. with timings
for each item (List CD titles, not everything on the CD.) Remember
that two hours of listening and/or viewing are expected each week.
Make sure you include some listening each week, not just watch videos.
As you are doing your listening, select a single focus piece, which
particularly stands out to you, for whatever reason. Listen to it
several times, identify it (piece, composer, performers, information
about the setting of the performance) and write a commentary on
it by providing three perspectives on the piece:
objective description: What is going on
in the music? What instruments are used? If there
are voices, describe the style of singing. How does
the sound of this music differ from music you
normally listen to? Is melody, harmony or rhythm
most prominent to you? What kinds of textures do
you hear? How does the piece use repetition? See
the How To
Listen page for ideas and vocabulary to help
you describe the music.
functional description: What roles did
the music serve? Where was it performed? Under what
circumstances? Who were the performers? The
audience? What musical characteristics made it
appropriate for its functions? Do you know music
from your own experience intended to fulfill
critical response: What interests you, repels you, attracts
you in this music? What does it evoke? Describe in your own words
the effect the music has on you. What characteristics of the music
are most important in causing the music to affect you the way that
it does? What was the intended purpose/effect of the music at the
time it was created?
DUE DATES for each Listening Response are listed on the
Class Schedule page.
Your response is to be submitted in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
by class time on the date the Response is due.
GRADING Each Response is worth 1% of your course grade;
there are 10 Listening Responses, for a total of 10 points.. They
are not graded for content, though they often will receive comments.
Studying, by listening or viewing, the type of music specified on
the Schedule of Readings and Listening, using the above format--a
list of what you have listened to and/or watched and a discussion
of one particular piece that stood out to you--and sending in your
report in on time will give you full credit.