1. Remember that encouraging the writer to continue writing is the premier function of this group.
2. While the song is playing quickly mark the lyrics where ever you were confused, or heard something you liked.
a. Be on guard to identify if you “tune out” and mark that (was it cliché lyric or monotone melody?)
b. If you smiled, or cried…mark exactly when.
c. When the song is over go back and write out an explanation. (examples: lost me, confused? who? past or
present? good line, good melody, good rhythmic component, nice rise, cool chord.)
d. Identify what created mood and flow.
e. Deliberately identify characteristics of the song that were good, so the writer has a balanced perspective of the
critique, and so he doesn’t change what worked well.
3. Offer the one most valuable observation you made.
4. Allow others time to contribute.
5. If no other information is being shared, you may then contribute additional observations.
6. Be aware of available time.
7. Always encourage the writer. They have done something most people can’t do!
Article written by Fiona McAllister
Post by Misty Simpson