Vickie L. MobleyEDU652Instructor Linda EllingtonJune 17, 2013SO YOU WANT TO BE A MUSIC CRITIC: CRITIQUES ANDTIMELINES OF MUSICAL GENRES
THE PURPOSE OF THE GROUP CRITIQUE The group-critique is the most complex formof original-work activity. Group critiqueshave learners help other learners to refinetheir work. Group-critique activities takeadvantage of discussion forums to helplearners learn from other learners. In thesimplest form of group critique, a learnerprepares an individual answer to a question,posts it for others to critique, and thenrevises it before submitting the final version(Horton, 2011).
SUBJECT CONTENT AND DETAILS For this assignment the class will be divided intogroups of 4-5 students. The subject content is music Each group will choose three songs from a specificgenre. One team may choose Jazz while anotherchooses Pop etc. The groups will use iTunes or Youtube to listen toeach song and upload it onto the class Blog entitled“So You Want To Be A Music Critic”
SO YOU WANT TO BE A MUSIC CRITIC! For this learning activity each team will choose three songs fromone of the following genres (artist examples are listed below): Rock and Roll (Elvis Presley, The Beatles) Jazz (Miles Davis, Max Roach, Duke Ellington) Blues (John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf) Country (Johnny Cash, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood) R&B (Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jennifer Lopez) Alternative (Soundgarden, The Kills, White Stripes) Pop (Katy Perry, Adele, Amy Winehouse)
TIMELINE: THE ORIGINS AND ARTISTS OF MUSIC GENRES Each team will put together a timeline for the specific genre ofmusic they chose. For example, Jazz began in New Orleans,LA in the 1800’s Each timeline will contain artists who contributed to the genre:For example The Excelsior Brass Band was formed in 1880(Scaruffi, 2005) Sidney Bechet became known around 1922and Louis Armstrong became popular a few months after that. Each artist that appears on the timeline will have the title of asong they performed under their photo. The year the songwas recorded will also appear. The timeline will run for 50 years and will be divided intoincrements of 10 years
CRITIQUE RESPONSE QUESTIONS What was your overall reaction to the song?Like it? Love it? What was the strongest element of theperformance? The beat? The harmonies? What was the weakest element of theperformance? The beat? The harmonies? Be respectful and considerate when critiquingothers (Vahl, 2013). Be sure your critique is specific to the song thatis being discussed.
CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE CRITIQUE What did you think about the songs that were chosen? Do you think these songs are good examples of theirrespective genres or would you choose someone else? Would you recommend these songs to a friend or listento them again? Did you learn about a genre that you find interesting?Will you research and continue to listen? Do you think the critiques were fair?
REFERENCES Horton, W. (2011). Group critique. William HortonConsulting. Retrieved June 14, 2013, fromhttp://www.horton.com/portfoliogroupcritique.htm Scaruffi, P. (2005). A history of jazz music. A Historyof Jazz Music. Retrieved June 15, 2013, fromhttp://www.scaruffi.com/history/jazz1.html Vahl, M. (2013, April 23). The 4 elements of a greatcritique. ComposeCreatecom. Retrieved June 16,2013, from http://www.composecreate.com/the-4-elements-of-a-great-critique/