12013Week 1 August: DB due Sunday 8/6 ( 56 possible points: )
You should also read the chapter from MindTap for Native American Music Chapter 2 and Lesson 1 Part 2
Always remember Rule #1 from rules for success or lose points.
When two links for the same music are provided, one of them should work, or enter youtube and type in the Title of the Music.
(3 pt.) Melodic Direction: A Simoncic short video. How well do you listen? https://www.dropbox.com/s/xvavfao67fbzosm/melodic%20direction.mp4?dl=0
Answer this: What were the most important takeaways from this video?
(3 pt.) What is Syncopation? Presented by Simoncic: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6c90te54u299vdv/Syncopation%20video.mp4?dl=0
Answer this: When were you or were you able to begin to understand “syncopation”?
3. (5 pt.) What is “falsetto singing”? Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Official Music Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch/fNFzfwLM72c https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNFzfwLM72c Falsetto: Men singing in a false and high female range: It’s also a favorite of many Native American tribes and other music around the world: Answer these: Using timestamps, point out two places where falsetto is quite easy to identify. Answer this: Identify at least three music elements from the Simoncic Lecture 1 that apply to this song. Please keep in mind the lyrics are not one of the music elements, they are words. PS from ADA 1 scales section: this song is on a (natural minor) scale but is certainly not “sad” sounding.
(6 pt.) Yeibichai song from MindTap, Active Listening 2.3
Push-up is the Native American term for a verse of a powwow song. Performance practice dictates that the typical rendition of a song should consist of four repetitions of a single verse, or push-up, as is the case with “Straight Up.” The number four is imbued with symbolic and spiritual meaning for many Native American groups in North America, particularly among Northern and Southern Plains tribes. It manifests itself in myriad cultural domains: four directions, four sacred colors in a medicine wheel, and so on.
Find the Active Listening Guide 2.3 Yeibichai song: the color-coated version with written analysis: Each push-up is understood to be divided into two sections: the “lead” section and the “seconds.” Lead refers both to the opening phrase of the push-up and the singer who performs it (the A phrase). Seconds refers both to the remaining phrases of each verse and to all the singers who perform those phrases (the A’ B and C phrases).
Keep your eyes open to “Form A” during the recording. Answer these two: With the provided guide I, active listening 2.3, Form A begins at timestamp 00:16 but focuses on the B phrase. Answer these, is the B phrase almost the same as the A phrase or does it seem to have its own personality?
Answer this: As you listen to the end of the song, what was your level of critical listening success in identifying the A and B phrases throughout the song?
Part III: Statement: Once in a while, it is fun to listen to a pop song’s music form and compare the similarities and differences with other world music forms/structures. You have just completed listening to the “push-up” in the Yeibichai song. The form of Part A and Part B with a few repeats: Now let’s listen to an American pop song with the form of Part A the verse and Part B the chorus. Obviously, the style is different and the pop song contains European-influenced harmony from the 17th- century of classical music and some instrumental timbre. It also uses the “homophonic texture”. Homophonic refers to a single melody played or sung and a backup harmony that may be played by one or many instruments. Let’s start with this very simple homophonic song, Material Girl. It’s in and Part AABA form or verse, verse, chorus, verse. Yeibichai also employed Part Form A B repeated often. What it didn’t have was harmony and standard pop music instruments.
(5 pt.)Listen to the provided link for Material Girl below.
What to listen for: The personality through rhythm and melody for Part A is rather catchy, with a rather syncopated rhythm and a “bouncy” melody”. When Part B enters, the personality of the melody is a more controlled melody in a much smaller vocal range and is less bouncy and less rhythmically syncopated.
Material Girl Madonna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO9h1fQU_-k https://www.youtube.com/watch/JO9h1fQU_-k
Listen to the provided link for Material Girl below as you follow my timestamp analysis: Part A, the verse begins at timestamp 00:29 to 00:42 then Part A repeats from 00:43 to 00:56 then Part B enters at 00:57 to 1:10. The A Part returns at 1:16 to 1:29 and repeats from 1:30 to 1:43, the B is heard again at 1:45 and then the music simply continues to repeat.
Answer this: Was it difficult to actually listen and follow the timestamps because you were absorbed by the lyrics? Explain.
(4 pt.) Now let us venture into “Critical Listening”
Material Girl piano only: Now there will not be a lyric disruption and music takes the front stage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igodbgcQNvs https://www.youtube.com/watch/igodbgcQNvs
Timestamps to follow: Let’s begin with the melody that the vocal would have sung: Part A Timestamp 00:31-00:45 repeated 00:46 to 00:59. Part B timestamp 1:00 to 1:15, the A 1:20 to 1:47. Part A returns at 1:48-2:07 and then everything keeps repeating. Much like the birdsong music, many repeats.
Repeats are truly the savior and staple of music for audiences. In music, we learn through repetition. Answer this: Be aware there are no wrong answers so effort counts. What is easier or more difficult following the form of this song with piano alone? Explain.
(3 pt.) Yuchi Music: Find, Stomp Dance: Active Listening Guide 2.2: This is completely discussed and analyzed in the e-Book (A set of short songs. The male vocal range focuses on the middle and lower register of the voice rather than the typical “piercing” falsetto. Answer this: What is one other typical Native American music characteristic in this song?
(4 pt.) Ho Way Hey Yo: Listen to the Active Listening Guide, Ho Way Hey Yo it is the one with headphones pictures in the box. Follow the color guide listening chart. Answer these: By using timestamps, where is the first “call and first response”? Where do you hear the first vocables?
(3 pt.) What are three salient characteristics shared by many tribal styles?
(5 pt.) What is the “Red Power “social movement, and how did it affect the development of Native American popular music and the music of XIT in particular?
(5 pt.) Reservation Education Clearly from the beginning to timestamp 0: 35 begins with the Native American music influence. What makes it so, and what non-Native American influence is also present in this song?
(10 pt.) Write a response to two other class members’ posts. Always address the people you are responding to by their Name!
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