Major Assessment


This assessment will consist of two parts:

  1. Research case study on composer Randy Newman (access this link to gain further information) and his song You’ve Got  A Friend In Me (1995).This section will require you to conduct an in depth analysis on the composer and his song and how it was used in the movie Toy Story to create the feel and hook. This section will consist of minimum 2 written pages 
  2. you will analyse You’ve Got A Friend In Me using the two music concepts Tone Colour and Dynamics and Expressive Techniques with the following questions
  • Are there any gradual or sudden changes in the song e.g. crescendo or diminuendo?
  • Identify the expressive techniques used such legato, staccato, accent etc.?
  • Define the overall dynamics the song?
  • In graphic notation outline the role of the performing instruments in sections e.g main melody, counter melody, bass line, harmonic accompaniment,rhythm etc.?
  • describe the song in four tone colour words?
  • how does the tone colour change from section to section?

Further extension for Advanced Students:

  1. instead of only analysing two music concepts analysis all six concepts of music for You’ve Got A Friend In Me.

Live performance of You’ve Got A Friend In Me

The two concepts in MAP form:

You can use these these two maps to help you analyse the song.

Tone Colour 

tone colour Dynamics and Expressive Techniques

Dynmaics and expressive techniques



You are to complete this assessment using Word which can be found in Microsoft Office.

Once you have completed your assessment you are to email me your work

(Student name & Surname) (Name of assessment).doc e.g. SmithJohn-You’ve Got A Friend In ME.doc

Learning Outcomes

4.7 demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through listening, observing, responding, discriminating, analysing, discussing and recording musical ideas.

4.8 demonstrates an understanding of musical concepts through aural identification and discussion of the features of a range of repertoire.

4.10 identifies the use of technology in the music selected for study, appropriate to the musical context 

4.12 demonstrates a developing confidence and willingness to engage in performing, composing and listening experiences 


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