For the Song Analysis assignments, you are to pick any song from Chapter 8-9 and explain why you like it, from a factual and “active

For the Song Analysis assignments, you are to pick any song from Chapter 8-9 and explain why you like it, from a factual and “active listening” point of view, using an analytical ear. Please pick a song that is NOT in your listening guide.

Use ALL of the Elements of Music in your explanation.

Melody

Harmony

Texture

Timbre

Rhythm

Form

*For a full explanation of the Elements of Music return to Song Analysis Explanation.

You paper need to be at least one full page typed.

Rubric Elements of Music Song AnalysisElements of Music Song Analysis

Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMelodyAccurately describes the melody throughout the song. The learner writes 3-5 sentences about the melody.
How does is move? Is it high or low? Do the notes move slowly or quickly?
15 ptsExcellent Work3 or more sentences about the melody and its development. 1-2 editorial mistakes. 10 ptsGood Work2 sentences about the melody and its development. 3-4 editorial mistakes. 5 ptsNeeds Improvement1 sentence about the melody and its development. 5-6 editorial mistakes. 0 ptsNo MarksNo mention of the melody.
15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGeneral Writing GuidelinesStudents will write in complete sentences using proper grammar, punctuation, & spelling.
Song titles in quotations and album titles in Italics.
Complete Citation of the source.
10 ptsFull MarksOne full page single space typed. Complete citation of sources. 1-2 grammatical errors. 5 ptsGood Work3/4 of a page single space typed. 3-4 grammatical errors. Partial citation of sources. 3 ptsNeeds Improvement1/2 page single space typed. 4-5 grammatical errors. Poor citation of sources. 0 ptsNo MarksLess than half a page single space typed. 5 or more grammatical errors. No citation give.
10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHarmonyWhat instruments or voices make up the harmony? What instruments are playing notes different than the melody? What instruments are playing different notes in the chord?
15 ptsFull Marks3 or more sentences about the harmony and its development. 1-2 editorial mistakes. 10 ptsGood Work2 sentences about the harmony and its development. 3-4 editorial mistakes. 5 ptsNeeds Improvement1 sentence about the harmony and its development. 5-6 editorial mistakes. 0 ptsNo MarksNo mention of the harmony.
15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTextureWhat instruments are present? Or how many voices are present? Is it thick or thin? Does the texture change in the piece?
15 ptsFull Marks3 or more sentences about the texture and its development. 1-2 editorial mistakes. 10 ptsGood Work2 sentences about the texture and its development. 3-4 editorial mistakes. 5 ptsNeeds Improvement1 sentence about the texture and its development. 5-6 editorial mistakes. 0 ptsNo MarksNo mention of the texture.
15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTimbreWhat are the colors in the song? Is it dark or light? Are the instruments (or voices) brassy or smooth? Does it change in the song? How is the timbre different in each voice or instrument?
15 ptsFull Marks3 or more sentences about the timbre and its development. 1-2 editorial mistakes. 10 ptsGood Work2 sentences about the melody and its development. 3-4 editorial mistakes. 5 ptsNeeds Improvement1 sentence about the timbre and its development. 5-6 editorial mistakes. 0 ptsNo MarksNo mention of the timbre.
15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRhythmIs the tempo fast or slow? Does the rhythm have steady repeated rhythms? Is it swung or straight rhythm? Is it in March time (4/4) or Waltz time (3/4)
15 ptsFull Marks3 or more sentences about the rhythm and its development. 1-2 editorial mistakes. 10 ptsGood Work2 sentences about the rhythm and its development. 3-4 editorial mistakes. 5 ptsNeeds Improvement1 sentence about the rhythm and its development. 5-6 editorial mistakes. 0 ptsNo MarksNo mention of the rhythm.
15 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormWhat is the overall structure in the song? Verse – Chorus -Verse – Chorus- Bridge-Chorus? ABAB? Simple Verse? How does each section differ from the others? How are they the same?
15 ptsFull Marks3 or more sentences about the form and its development. 1-2 editorial mistakes. 10 ptsGood Work2 sentences about the form and its development. 3-4 editorial mistakes. 5 ptsNeeds Improvement1 sentence about the form and its development. 5-6 editorial mistakes. 0 ptsNo MarksNo mention of the form.
15 pts

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