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Music Journal Prompts – Evaluating Performances

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19981676-vintage-silver-microphone-isolated-on-white-backgroundMore 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.


Music Journal and Rubric

Music Journal Prompts – Music In Everyday Life

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More journal prompts!  (To read how I use journals in my classroom, click here.)19684056-silhouette-various-musical-notes-and-people-dance-vector


Topic: Music in everyday lives; Music in various settings; Listener/audience response to music

Monday: Make a list of all the places and sources of music you hear in a week.

Tuesday: What would your life be like if the music was gone from all the places and sources you listed yesterday?  Would you miss the music?  Why or why not?

Wednesday: Where would you expect to hear this type of music?  Why do you think this? What would be the listener’s response? (Play an excerpt from Johannes Brahms’ Lullaby or a similar selection.)

Thursday: Where would you expect to hear this type of music?  Why do you think this? What would be the listener’s response? (Play an excerpt from This Little Light of Mine performed by The Freedom Singers or a similar selection)

Friday: Where would you expect to hear this type of music?  Why do you think this? What would be the listener’s response? (Play an excerpt from G.F. Handel’s Water Music Suite, Hornpipe or a similar selection)


Music Journal and Rubric

Music Journal Prompts – Careers In Music

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My students start each class with a music journal entry.  It’s a consistent way to start class – everyone knows the routine and it allows for me to take attendance and get everyone settled.  My students keep a folder in our classroom, so they have one journal paper for the week.

Sometimes the journal entries relate to what we’re doing in class – as an introduction to the day’s material or a review of the previous day.  Other times, I use it to cover topics that we might not otherwise get to.  We do a week of related journal prompts and by the end they have an introduction to something new.

The following are journal prompts that cover Careers In Music.  The journal page and rubric I use are available at the end of the post for download.  I hope they work for you!

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Topic: Careers in Music

Monday:  Make a list of careers that relate to music.

Tuesday: What does a music producer do? (Watch http://youtu.be/IJjxwGAzDAI or a similar video)

Wednesday: What kind of jobs can people have that involve music technology aside from a music producer? What types of skills and experience do they need? (Watch http://youtu.be/M7woVKKjLhc or a similar video)

Thursday: What is music therapy? What does a music therapist do? (Watch http://youtu.be/hYLlfUTxOOk or a similar video)

Friday: Is it necessary to be an accomplished performer to have a career in music? Why or why not?


Music Journal and Rubric