Brief summary of activityThis activity will offer learners some tips about introducing music to the listeners, independently of the style and their own personal taste.
Aim of the activityTo understand the importance of research and being open minded about music styles.
Expected OutcomesAt the end of the activity, learners will
Be aware of the need to be open minded about music and dealing with an artist or a music piece.
Acquired some tips on how to do music research and where to get information from
Know how to introduce new music and to do so independently of personal taste.
infrastructure, setting, resourcesPlayback equipment.
Length90 to 120 minutes
How the activity should take placeEvery participant contributes a CD.
The collection is spread by the trainers to other participants who are asked to write a short presentation about the music. They can praise or criticise the music but they always have to tell why. Additionally the review should contain some information about the artist or the style.
Variations• It is possible to leave the research for information apart. Then it is more an exercise in describing and reviewing, focused on pure musical issues.
• Trainers can choose the music before the activity for themselves.
• Recording the reviews.
• If the number of participants is small they can guess which review belongs to which music.
Tips for TrainersBest case is if the music varies a lot: some speed metal and a classic CD meeting a folk collection and an electro album ...
Trainers should focus on the description of music. Avoid absolutes. Participants should described why the like or dislike the music, in any case
Developing rules for feedback. > Handout
Analysis and evaluationAfter listening to the reviews a further discussion could focus on questions like:
Is it possible to understand a different opinion?
What makes it easy to follow someones review?
Which descriptions were useful for imagine the unknown music? Which were too far away?
SchedulingThe activity is working with various focuses and in different time spans.
It could be a playful and short start for discussing feedback rules. It can be also taken as a full workshop unit on scripting for radio / speaking / producing.
It is useful to combine the activity with an activity on PLANNING A PROGRAMME or ACOUSTICAL DESIGN (or even: how to produce a feature)