Listening Guide(s) on Medieval Plainchant


Today I'd like you to choose a partner and decide which of the homework assignments described below grabs your interest. They are taken from the textbook 'The Enjoyment of Music,' 2nd ed., by Kristine Forney, Andrew Dell'Antonio and Joseph Machlis. Here are the possibilities:

1. Worship in Non-Western Cultures

2. Combining Sacred and Secular Music

3. Gender and Music

4. Improvisation-oriented Musical Genres

5. Small Ensembles 'Performing Friendship'

6. Dancing: Statement, Repetition, Contrast, Return

7. Music, Money, Technology

8. Music and Community, Ethnicity or Identity

9. Beethoven: Myths, Inventions, Truths

10. Memorializing Tragedy

11. Music and Violence

12. Songs Made Popular through Films or Games

Consider this homework or mini-project as a low-stakes trial run for the larger research presentation at the end of the semester. Here you only need to look for youtube videos and write a 1 to 2 pp. description of your comparison. Each student needs to produce a separate written response, though you only need to prepare one presentation. Be sure to answer all of the questions you are asked in the prompt. You can present your findings and conclusions to the class in whatever way you like, be it through a powerpoint presentation, a group discussion, a skit (!) or other class activity. I encourage you to be creative.