Listening Journal #1

Review your newly learned music vocabulary from Chapters 1-5. Choose 2 pieces of music to write about in a Listening Journal Entry. These two, separate entries, should add up to approximately one full, single spaced page, and be submitted in Blackboard by the start of class (1:25pm) on Wednesday September 6th. Listening journals will be available in Blackboard for 5 days after the due date. However, journals will lose 10% each day they are late. This journal will be worth 40 points and please recall that the five journals that are due over the course of the semester are worth 20% of your final grade. As mentioned on day 1, I strongly recommend that you write the journal in a standard program such as Microsoft Word, and upload your journal to this assignment through the link below: Attach File > Browse My Computer. Do NOT write it in the “comments” section below as it will appear as a huge jumble of words with no separations or paragraphs.

Please choose 2 songs/pieces of contrasting styles. If possible, please paste into your document a URL link to a Youtube version of your chosen songs/pieces. This is so the instructors can have a reference for the accuracy of your observations and be able to give you feedback for adjusting the use of certain terminology.

In the journal entry you should discuss: What do you hear? What is going on in the piece? What are the instruments or vocal ranges being used? What style are they playing/singing? What distinguishes this piece of music from others you know and have listened to? What do you like about this music? What do you not like? Do you have an emotional response to the music? Be specific and describe what you hear. You should use vocabulary words that you have learned so far, and your own words to describe the music.

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