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Song Interpretation Listening Activity

Song Interpretation Listening Activity

Song Interpretation Listening Activity

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Song interpretation listening activity

When conveying any message, an effective method involves both speaking and listening empathetically and attentively. As such, active listening plays a crucial role in enhancing understanding, promoting meaningful dialogue, and fostering a deep connection between the parties involved (Ivone et al., 2019). Engaging in active listening activities can encourage any participants to be present and fully engage in the conversation-the activities creating an environment that encourages active participation and understanding, respect, openness, and trust (Lestary, 2019). The activities also assist participants to be better listeners, build stronger teams, and foster healthier relationships.

Song interpretation listening activity: ” Boots of Spanish Leather” by Mandolin Orange

Objective: to encourage critical thinking and active listening to the song by identifying and discussing the emotions, messages, and themes conveyed in the piece of art.


1. In the listening environment provided, ensure you are comfortable and no noise. Listen to the song without distracting each other.

2. After active listening, read the lyrics that will be provided while listening to the song one more time attentively. Please pay close attention to the themes, messages, and emotions present in the song-this will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

3. Through group discussion, what emotions do you perceive in the piece of art? How do the vocal performance, instrumentation, and melody contribute to the noted emotions?

4. What messages do you interpret from the song’s lyrics?

5. What themes does the song address? In which ways do the music and lyrics work together to convey the themes?

6. Does the song have any personal connection such as feelings or experiences? Does it make you reflect on your personal life?

7. Pay close attention to the dynamics, instruments, tempos, and instruments. Do the elements complement or enhance the lyrics and the song’s emotional impact?

8. While maintaining a respectful and inclusive discussion environment, please share interpretations and thoughts openly with your colleagues.



Don Mac (2018, November 16). Mandolin Orange – Boots Of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan Cover) Lyrics [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybVYRCH5uI

Ivone, F. M., & Renandya, W. A. (2019). Extensive listening and viewing in ELT. https://repository.nie.edu.sg/handle/10497/22516

Lestary, N. L. G. W. (2019). THE USE OF SONGS TO IMPROVE STUDENTS’ LISTENING COMPREHENSION ABILITY. Yavana Bhasha: Journal of English Language Education2(2), 34-45. https://ejournal.ihdn.ac.id/index.php/JOELE/article/view/1024/0