Review and listen to ALL music from Chapter 24 in the genres of Jazz and Musical Theater. Choose 2 pieces of music FROM THIS CHAPTER 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 Friday December 8th. 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. Once again, 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 from the book in Chapter 24, or extra songs discussed by Dr. Scimonelli. These can be found on the publisher’s website, or in the Youtube playlists through the provided links. You MUST be specific regarding genre for any piece you choose. Do the research! Especially in jazz, I want you to be accurate in the sub-genre and time period of each piece. If you hear an instrument take a solo, accurately note which instrument is playing.
**If you reference, direcectly quote, or even paraphrase background information from an outside source (such as the textbook), you MUST provide properly formatted citations to avoid plagiarism. The reference book to use for these citations is called “A Manual for Writers: of research papers, theses, and dissertations” 8th edition by Kate L. Turabian. This includes parenthetical/in-text citations at the end of sentences or paragraphs AND a brief Bibliography listing at the end of the journal. However, since this is supposed to be YOUR thoughts and observations, it should not be necessary to use much outside information.**
When you begin your discussion of each piece, please include the TITLE of the larger work, the specific song, or movement, and the COMPOSER. Imagine your reader knows very little about music.
In the journal entry you should discuss: What do you hear? What is going on in the piece? How does the music develop compositionally or sound-wise throughout the piece? What are the instruments or vocal ranges being used? What genre and/or 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.
GOALS for the Assignment: As always, the goal is for you to demonstrate your ability to talk about music on a deeper level, by properly using music vocabulary terms. I don’t want multiple paragraphs of background information or the story behind the piece, which you likely copied or paraphrased from an outside source. This is missing the point of the assignment and will result in a lower grade. I want to see you talking about the actual music itself.