CRITICAL LISTENING/WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT

Objective/Grading: The objective of listening back to performance is to listen critically (both positive and negative), analyze, and provide feedback. Listen to the 4 songs from the Red Gables concert and provide short essay answers to the following questions. Saying something is “terrible” is not musically and critically appropriate. Say it sounds not correct in “…pitch, tone?” What? Speak in musical analysis terms. LISTEN OVER HEADPHONES OR BIG SPEAKERS, not just your computer speakers. You will not get the correct dimension and depth of the recording.
A high score is one that is written in full, complete sentences with correct grammar, responds with a series of positive and negative feedback, and add helpful and insightful comments about the performance that are musical. A lower score has incomplete sentences, thoughts not connected, random words, very little musical language, criticisms such as awful or terrible, and/or very little explanation to opinions.
Complete this and submit by class on Wednesday. Submissions after this will result in a 10-point deduction per day for 3 days. After 3 days late, it results in a zero.

Name


  1. As an audience member who may or may not be musical, give you overall impression of the performance of Sleep.


    Play audio


  1. (SLEEP) Give a series of musical details that the group did very well on. What were they and/or why was that is sounded so good or was executed so well? Give specific detail of passages.


  1. (SLEEP) Give a detailed analyzation of the things that stuck out to you that need to be fixed. What sounded wrong/off/or needed work?


  1. (SLEEP) Despite the fact that you had no director, comment on the timing and flow of the passages? What about the emotion? Be specific to passages if possible.


  1. (SLEEP) Stemming from these questions above, what are the critical things we need to work on before the next concert to perfect? Any suggestions?


  1. (LOST) As an audience member who may or may not be musical, give you overall impression of the performance of Lost.
    Play audio


  1. (LOST) Give a series of musical details that the group did very well on. What were they and/or why was that is sounded so good or was executed so well? Give specific detail of passages.


  1. (LOST) Give a detailed analyzation of the things that stuck out to you that need to be fixed. What sounded wrong/off/or needed work?


  1. (LOST) Talk about the energy of the song and the timing and flow.


  1. (LOST) Stemming from these questions above, what are the critical things we need to work on before the next concert to perfect? Any suggestions?


  1. (Don't Stop) As an audience member who may or may not be musical, give you overall impression of the performance of the song.
    Play audio


  1. (Don't Stop) Give a series of musical details that the group did very well on. What were they and/or why was that is sounded so good or was executed so well? Give specific detail of passages.


  1. (Don't Stop) Give a detailed analyzation of the things that stuck out to you that need to be fixed. What sounded wrong/off/or needed work?


  1. (Don't Stop) Talk about tempo and timing and any shifts that may or may not have occurred in the song.


  1. (Don't Stop) Stemming from these questions above, what are the critical things we need to work on before the next concert to perfect? Any suggestions?


  1. (Whatcha Say) As an audience member who may or may not be musical, give you overall impression of the performance of Whatcha Say.
    Play audio


  1. (Whatcha Say) Give a series of musical details that the group did very well on. What were they and/or why was that is sounded so good or was executed so well? Give specific detail of passages.


  1. (Whatcha Say) Give a detailed analyzation of the things that stuck out to you that need to be fixed. What sounded wrong/off/or needed work?


  1. (Whatcha Say) Talk about tempo and timing and any shifts that may or may not have occurred in the song.


  1. (Whatcha Say) Stemming from these questions above, what are the critical things we need to work on before the next concert to perfect? Any suggestions?


  1. What can you do each day to help all these things above? What can your overall role be in this and how can you do your part in order to make the entire group successful?





Music Director
Ensworth High School
Nashville, TN