Resources for Music Criticism and Listening

Below are some resources to support your work in the podcast presentation assignment.

Switched on Pop Guide to Music Listening

Switched on Pop is a podcast examining popular music from a musicological perspective. You can listen to an episode of the show in which they discuss how they listen to music and consult the embedded graphic for how you might use this process in your own listening.,48,2

Essential Questions and Answers

Your task is to attempt to answer a broad “essential” question related to music using specific musical examples to support your arguments. I encourage you to focus your analysis on one or two musical works. Remember an essential question can be answered in a lot of ways and with a number of different sources of evidence.

Below is an example podcast I made comparing two versions of Till There Was You.