How to Ace the Listening Analysis

Generally speaking, if you spend a half hour a week doing the following, 
you'll soon find yourself sailing through the listening analysis!  

Helpful link:   http://www.musicgenreslist.com/


1. Create a genre list in your choral binder. Research choral and music 
genres on the web. Google "music genres." Once you have your genre list
organized chronologically, you'll have a basic reference.

2. Research on the web the choral characteristics of each genre -- start with
Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, etc. Once you get a list of what to
listen for in each of those you can go on to look for characteristics of 
others such as Folk, Spirituals, Chant, Motets, Madrigals, etc. when Mrs. B. 
is giving this information to you in class, write it down!  Example:  
Renaissance choral music will sound more complicated with voices entering at 
different times (polyphony), where in a Hymn all the voices sing the same 
words together.  

3. Create a list of typical choral composers from each time period. For
example: Renaissance: Palestrina, Morley, Tallis etc.; Baroque: JS Bach,
Handel; Classic: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven; Romantic: Mendelssohn, Brahms;
20th Century: Copland, Thompson, Nygard, Whitacre. Please note there are 
dozens for each time period. Try to look for the "top ten" composers of each 
time period.  Ask to borrow Mrs. Brumbach's copy of a Music Teacher's Book of 
lists during WCH. You can copy or phone/photograph the lists into your 
notebook from that. (In B100 only -- you won't be able to
take it with you.)

4. Start listening to one or two of each of these composers a day from 
YouTube.Get it "in your ear." Or go on iTunes, look them up and listen to the 
free samples.

5. It bears repeating that listening, listening, listening will help you nail
the "listening analysis" every time, and earn the bonus points.

6. The more you put into this, the more you'll get out of it. You'll soon
become the expert in your family, and you'll be able to identify genres from 
the radio, etc.

7. Listening is an important skill for any musician.  You need to train your 
brain and your ears.  The more listening and analysis the choir does, the 
better it will sound.  

PLEASE NOTE:  Check parent connect to look at your grades every week.  
If you have a zero for a listening analysis, it means you were in class or in 
the building and didn't turn in a listening analysis paper.  If you were 
absent from school (excused) you are excused from that day's listening 
analysis. You must get to class at the very beginning to complete your 
listening analysis.  Don't come late to class!