Music 10 Week of April 14-17

Posted: April 14, 2020

Hey all! I trust that you had a great Easter weekend, despite the challenges of visiting with family and friends. 

As you continue to stay safe and take care of yourselves this week continue to :

1/ explore new styles of music or artists. Listen both causally and critically. Casually listen while you walk or run outside in this beautiful change of season, and listen critically to what we term the Elements of Music - those characteristics of music styles that make it unique. Tempo(speed), Dynamics (volume), Instruments, subject matter, Form (how the song is organized into sections), Tone (mood).

As a way of critically listnening and exploring Elements of Music you can compare and contrast two versions of the same song. For example "Jolene" performed by Miley Cyrus, and "Jolene" performed by the White Stripes is a good place to start. Although these two versions are based on the original Dolly Parton hit, they each have a very unique sound which I feel you'll find interesting to explore. By manipulating the Elements of Music artists create their own cover versions of songs. There are countless cover artists who have successful careers doing just that. 

Suggested activities:

a) listen to Jolene by Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, and The White Stripes

b) choose your own song and at least one cover version of that song and complete the attached table (Critical Analysis Assignment Chart). Use the attached document Elements of Music to assist you if necessary. 

Extension Activity:

Arrange and perform your own cover version of a song on an instrument of your choice. Cant wait to see and hear your versions. 

Happy Listening !