When considering the analysis of a piece of music for the first time, it is sometimes useful to start with the ‘elements of music’. As a first step – try placing the following elements in order of priority – in other words how important isthe element to the analysis of the track? For example – if a piece of music only has one chord throughout – it may be argued that the element ‘harmony’ will receive a low grading? In Dylan’s music – it could be argued that lyrical content would get a high grade. The elements are as follows
Listen to one of the following pieces – (‘Car Wash’ by Rolls Royce; ‘The Times They Are A changin’ by Dylan, or ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder, and give them a grade (1 to 9) followed by a reason for your choice.
This is a good starting point for analysis.