1. What about this work stands out in my mind?We'll ask ourselves variations on these questions all semester. Please note: If you were taught in English class never to say "I" in a paper for school, you're off the hook in HUM 221! There's no way you can write about these questions without saying "I."
2. What in my background, values, needs and interests makes me react that way?
3. What specific things in the work trigger that reaction?
Keep these three questions in the back of your mind. We'll keep coming back to them.
Here are links to earlier posts I put on "Hogfiddle" about how to write about music and on the literary theory the questions are modeled after, which is called reader response and which works just as well for music as it does for literature.