• This is an individual assignment, do not work in groups: Submit this document to the Dropbox on D2L (pages 2-3 are the worksheet that you will fill out). Files must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • Selecting a piece: For your Original Listening Guide, you may select a piece from any genre, style or time period as long as a recording is readily available on Napster or YouTube (iTunes, CDs, and mp3s are not acceptable).

Completing the worksheet:

  • Background information and questions: On the first page of your worksheet, you will provide background information about the piece and answer some questions about its basic structure. Always try to explain your rationale (this is monophonic because…). For your research:
    • Popular music is probably best researched in Google, and related search engines, although there are excellent resources available in the Music Library (in the Music Building, 3rd floor).
    • For Classical Music of the Western Tradition and Jazz, see Grove Music Online (database). As noted in the “Music Research Guide” on Chinook “Grove Music Online comprises the full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The Norton/ Grove Dictionary of Women Composers, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.”
    • Identify, describe, and discuss significant events in the piece: On the second page of your worksheet, you will identify at least 10 significant events in the piece by their timestamps, each of which you will describe and discuss in full sentences. Timestamps are written in minutes and seconds such as 3:42 or 0:35. Please write in complete sentences for each of your entries in this section.
      • These events may be changes in tempo or meter, changes in instrumentation and/or texture, mood

shifts (such as a change from major to minor mode), the entrance of a soloist, appearance or recurrence of a motive, and so on.

  • Provide a brief discussion and/or description of each one. These should include terminology and concepts covered in the textbook chapters on rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, timbre, and form, as well as non-technical descriptions to make your ideas as clear as possible.

Original Listening Guide


Name:                                                                                                                                                                        Date:

Background Info and Questions – Complete in full sentences.

Name of Piece 
Genre and Style 
Date Piece Was Written 
Composer or Songwriter 
Performing Group 
Recording Source (library call number, Naxos catalogue number, or complete YouTube or Rhapsody URL) 
Date of Recording 
Recording Label 
Is the piece in duple or triple meter? How would you describe the tempo of the piece? Is the piece in major or minor mode? How do you know? 
List all instruments and voices used. (identify by ear and/or research the piece to find out) 
Which instruments or voices usually carry the melody in this piece? 
If the music begins without all of the instruments or voices sounding, write down the timestamps of the other entrances. 
If this is a song, does the same melody repeat with different words? If yes, write down the timestamps for the beginning of each repeat. 
Is the piece in strophic form, theme and variations form, binary form, rondo form, or is it in a different form entirely? How do you know? 
Is the texture of the piece predominantly monophonic, polyphonic, or homophonic? How do you know? 

Identify and Describe Events

NumberTimestamp (M:SS)Event (identify, describe, discuss)

Written Section: How do you know this performer, composer, and/or band? Were you familiar with this piece of music before beginning this assignment? What is the style of music most associated with this performing group? Did the piece of music you chose fit in or break with that style? Is the style of this piece well-known or popular amongst people your age? Why or why not? What function do you think this piece of much (and the performing force behind it) has in our society? Do you think critical listening of the type used to complete this assignment will change the way you listen to music in general? Please write 2 paragraphs minimum.

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