Compare/Contrast Matrix

Listening creates a perfect opportunity for students to compare and contrast performances.  This can include their own performances or recordings of others.  

The Comparison Matrix helps students identify similarities and differences

PROCEDURE (begin by explaining and modeling): 

1. Using Google Docs, write the topic, categories, etc. in the row of boxes.

The teacher writes the subjects/categories/topics/etc. across the top row of boxes. For this example, I’d like to know more about the overall characteristics of the song, but I could just as well ask about specific elements like meter, key, genre, etc. 

2.On the left column, write the descriptor.

The teacher writes the attributes/characteristics/details/etc. down the left column of boxes.

3. Use only as many columns and rows as needed.

4. The teacher should model one example.