More journal prompts! (For a little bit about how I use journals in my classroom, click here.)
These prompts evaluate performances of the Star Spangled Banner. They are similar to a mini-unit on National Anthems, but you could do this with any musical performances – even those from your own school!
Topic: Creating and applying criteria to evaluate music and musical performances
Monday: Think of your favorite song, piece of music, or performer. Make a list of the things that make it/them your favorite.
Tuesday: When someone says a musician performed well, what types of things do you think they heard? What didn’t they hear?
Wednesday: Listen to/watch the following performance. What does the performer do well? What could the performer do better? How would you rate the overall performance?
(Watch Christina Aguilera perform The Star Spangled Banner at the 2011 Super Bowl- http://youtu.be/hj5NPNe3jNU or a similar performance)
Thursday: Listen to/watch the following performance. What does the performer do well? What could the performer do better? How would you rate the overall performance? (Listen to/watch Whitney Houston perform The Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 Super Bowl – http://youtu.be/eS4v431Mlak or a similar performance)
Friday: Write a paragraph recommending one person to perform the Star Spangled Banner at an event. Be sure to include three musical reasons for your recommendation. You may also include suggestions to improve the performance.