A. To explain why he may need to hand in an assignment late
B. To get instructions on how to complete an assignment
C. To discuss a type of music his class is studying
D. To ask if he can choose the music to write about in a listening journal
NARRATOR:Listen to a conversation between a student and his music history professor.
MALE STUDENT:Ummm, Professor Jenkins... the listening journal you assigned us to keep for the Intro to World Music class... well, I'm not sure I understand what to do.I listened to the pieces you assigned this week more than once, but when I tried to write about them, I didn't know what to say.
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Well, it's not easy to write about music, even for people who are supposedly expert at it!
MALE STUDENT:That makes me feel a little better.But, I'm just not familiar with how you keep a listening journal... I've kept journals for other classes... summarizing and writing how I felt about readings...
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Well, a listening journal isn't all that different. I want you to note your feelings about musical compositions, too...
MALE STUDENT:OK ... [thinking] There were pieces I liked more than others, but I think you want our comments to be a little more, I don't know, analytical... right?
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Well...whether you like a piece or not is important. But you should be able to explain why you like a particular piece... and be able to talk about its historical and musical context.Actually, the listening journal is a tool to help you listen to music actively... to think about what you're hearing...
MALE STUDENT:Maybe I'm finding it difficult because I'm not real familiar with most of the music you assigned...I mean if it was hip hop or something I listen to with my friends
FEMALE PROFESSOR:Sure, because hip hop is a form that's familiar and meaningful to you.But you'll see, as the semester progresses and you start learning more about musical forms, you'll become a more adept listener and you'll start noticing patterns.
MALE STUDENT:OK, so the songs we listened to this week the... [trying to remember] the canto...
FEMALE PROFESSOR:The cante jondo, you remember we said it means deep song in Andalusian Spanish, not only because it's sung in a deep register, but also because it's a song about deeper or serious matters... certainly not lighthearted.
MALE STUDENT:Really? Hmmm... I guess I didn't catch the double meaning... that's kinda cool.But anyway, even with the translations you gave us for the lyrics and everything... I don't know... I could tell it was sad, but I guess I wasn't trying to analyze it- from a musical perspective, that is.
FEMALE PROFESSOR:OK, so this is what you should do.Go back and listen to the song selection, and this time pay attention to the melody, to repetition, to the...
MALE STUDENT:There was plenty of that... some parts sounded like the same note played over and over again!
FEMALE PROFESSOR:That's exactly the kind of observation you would record in a listening journal.So...melody, repetition, rhythm, how the piece is structured, as well as your reasons for liking or disliking it...[gets an idea] you know what? I thought everyone was clear about this but... you've just given me a great idea.I'm going to draw up a list of questions everyone should keep in mind when they're writing their journals... other students may be having the same problem you're having.
Student: Um, Professor Jenkins. The listening journal you assigned us to keep for the Intro to World Music class, well, I am not sure I understand what to do. I listened to the pieces you assigned this week more than once, but when I tried to write about them, I didn’t know what to say.
文章开门见山直接表达了 assigned work don’t know how to say，然后老师从不同方面详细讲解了如何observation 以及analyze.