Scaffolded large assignment in which students watch a concert video of their choice, analyze one song from it, and review the concert as a whole. Students may choose to submit their final product as a written review or in podcast form. Designed for online asynchronous class during COVID-19 pandemic.
Formally scaffolded into three steps:
- draft of the song analysis portion, worth about 5% of their course grade; students receive full points as long as their draft engages with each musical element in some way (even if it just says “I still need to figure out the form of the song” or “I need help figuring out the song’s meter” or equivalent); students receive timely feedback on this draft to incorporate into their final assignment
- draft of the concert review portion, worth about 5% of their course grade; students receive full points as long as their draft includes something about the concert’s music & visuals, and their opinion of it; students receive timely feedback on this draft to incorporate into their final assignment
- final assignment, worth about 10% of their course grade, graded according to rubric (in separate document).
Further scaffolding is incorporated into other small assignments in the course, in which students choose their concert video, start analyzing one song from it, and read other students’ work and give informal feedback on it.
This is the first of two large assignments in the course, given to students around week 4 and due around midterms.
Instructor: Miranda Fedock
Course: Introduction to World Music (MUS102)