PSY 332 San Diego State University Music Message Worksheet

Description

The Message is in the Music

For this learning activity you will identify a popular song and examine it for any cultural, moral, and political messages it may be conveying. First, select a currently popular song, one that would be popular among adolescents and/or young adults. Next, answer the following questions:

1. Why did you select this particular song? (1 or 2 sentences)

2. To which age group do you believe this song has the greatest appeal? Why do you believe this song appeals to this age group? (2 or 3 sentences)

3. What do these lyrics communicate to this age group? (2 or 3 sentences)

4. Is this song intended for a particular cultural group (or groups), and if so, which group or groups? (1 or 2 sentences)

5. What do these lyrics communicate to this cultural group? (2 or 3 sentences)

6. What are the cultural, moral, and political messages conveyed in the song? (3 or 4 sentences)

Use the following format for your paper:

Song Title:

My Analysis:

1. Why did you select this particular song? (1 or 2 sentences)

2. To which age group do you believe this song has the greatest appeal? Why do you believe this song appeals to this age group? (2 or 3 sentences)

3. What do these lyrics communicate to this age group? (2 or 3 sentences)

4. Is this song intended for a particular cultural group (or groups), and if so, which group or groups? (1 or 2 sentences)

5. What do these lyrics communicate to this cultural group? (2 or 3 sentences)

6. What are the cultural, moral, and political messages conveyed in the song? (3 or 4 sentences)