Now that you have listened to “My Girl” with the listening guide provided, go to your Journal and write a one paragraph response about the song. In your response (as you will for all your responses in the future), list the title of the song in quotation marks first (ex. “My Girl”). Then, begin to describe the rhythm, melody and harmony as you hear them in the example as best you can in words. Don’t worry if you feel awkward or unsure about what the definitions of these the words above me. Just do your best. After you’ve described the song, now tell me your opinion of the song, i.e. do you like like? not like it? like some of it, but not all of it? What parts and why? The most important thing is that you give me a clear opinion about what you think of the song and then tell me why you do or do not like it or parts of it.
Listening Response assignments will always have three parts to them:
- Describe the music, using musical terms like melody, harmony, etc. as best you can
- Give me your opinion, even if it’s mixed (i.e. you like certain things and not others)
- Be specific about why, even giving examples from the selection when appropriate to illustrate your reasons