Music Listening Activity - With Cornell Notes!
This MUSIC LISTENING ACTIVITY (WITH CORNELL NOTES) includes Music Listening Questions and Cornell Notes. The Music Listening Questions is a graphic organizer that helps support students during music listening activities, or while watching performances or music videos. It can be printed out as a poster or handout (in either color or black & white) or projected using a computer, smart board, overhead projector, etc. This works well for beginning/general music classes as well as more advanced, performance-based classes.
The Cornell Notes (a currently popular form of effective note-taking) are optional and may be used as a scaffolding assistant to give students more structure as they write and reflect. Students write down the teacher-provided “essential question” before watching/listening to a performance. They can then take notes and summarize in the spaces provided.
Both the Music Listening Questions and the Cornell Notes are provided in COLOR
or BLACK + WHITE
for your specific printing preferences.
**This activity is aligned with the current NATIONAL CORE ARTS STANDARDS
and meet approximately three (3) standards (exact standards are listed on page 8 of the resource).
This MUSIC LISTENING ACTIVITY (WITH CORNELL NOTES) Resource Includes:
Pg. 1: Title Page
Pg. 2: Thank you!
Pg. 3: Other Great Resources
Pg. 5: Table of Contents
Pg. 6: About This Product
Pg. 7: Instructions
Pg. 8: NCA Standards Met
Pg. 9: Music Listening Questions Poster/Handout (COLOR)
Pg. 10: Music Listening Questions Poster/Handout (B+W)
Pg. 11: Cornell Notes Handout (COLOR)
Pg. 12: Cornell Notes Handout (B+W)
Pg. 13: Credits
Before watching or listening to a musical performance, guide students through each question. You can even have them anticipate by asking, “Based on similar songs we’ve listening to, what do you think we will observe or hear? What emotions might you feel? What musical elements might we be able to identify?”
Students can be given time to write their own answers before opening up to speak in groups or with “elbow partners.” Finally, ask students to share some of their answers with the rest of the class.
Depending on how much time you have you may want to focus on just a few questions, such as the “five observations” or the “emotions.” I typically treat the “like/dislike” question (last question on the page) as optional for students because it’s more opinion-based rather than evidence-based. However, they are usually eager to offer their opinions, to which there is no wrong answer.
**Using Cornell Notes**
Another element to incorporate with this music listening exercise is the use of Cornell Notes. Administrators love to see writing being used in the music room, and this serves as a great scaffolding tool to help guide students through their writing! Use the Cornell Notes template provided and use/modify some of the above sample questions (in BOLD
) as the “Essential Question.” You may find it best to come up with your own specific question related to the video/song you use, or even ask students to make suggestions for an essential questions.
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-Sean Longstreet a.k.a. The Music Fox