ISP Music Standard: Listen

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Watch an opera or musical
Description: You can spread out the watching of a two-hour musical over four class periods. The musicals can be operas or Broadway or even Disney. For your evaluation, you’ll submit your general thoughts about how the music and songs added to the overall experience of watching the play/movie. You evaluation can be in written, video or audio recording.
Timeframe: This project depends on the length of the musical with an additional class period to write, video, or record your general thoughts; most likely five class periods.
Study a band or artist’s history and songs
Description: Using the internet to research important moments and songs in an artist’s career, you can research an artist in whom you have interest. Be sure to listen to their key recordings. For your evaluation, you will submit a general overview of their career and your thoughts on their music. Your evaluation can be written, video, or audio recording.
Timeframe: This project will most likely take four to five class periods.
Study what makes a good chord progression or melody
Description: Using what we’ve learned in class about music theory, you can choose to investigate strong melodies in songs you like or investigate their strong chord progressions. For your evaluation, you’ll submit a summary of your findings, which could be in written form or video or audio.
Timeframe: This project would take approximately five to six class periods.
Compare two artists or a genre of music
Description: Maybe you’ve always been interested in the connection between today’s pop stars and the stars of the ’80s and ’90s, or perhaps classical music and film music or rap and rock? For this project, you’ll tell Mr. E what you want to compare and why you’re interested. Then, for your evaluation, you will submit a short analysis finding – either written or perhaps video or audio.
Timeframe: One day to find links, two days per genre, and two days of summary. This project should take around five to six class periods.
Create a Shared Playlist
Description: Create a playlist of five to six songs to send to a friend or a family member. Accompanying the playlist should be a short email or letter that explains why you chose the songs you did for your friend/family member; for example, if your uncle loves lemonade and you make lemonade with him in the summer, maybe you have the song “Lemonade” and “Walking on Sunshine” because both of those songs are woven into your memories of your uncle. Part of this assignment is for you to actually send the playlist to your friend/family member. Your evaluation for this will be a short written (or spoken) summary of your playlist and reasons for each song.
Timeframe: This project should take approximately three to four class periods.
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