Cover Song Comparison – Elements of Music Analysis Intro Lesson and Project


The Cover Song Comparison lessons and project will be sure to engage your students while analyzing musical elements! This resource includes both a ready-to-print package AND a Google slides version. Students will be asked to compare and contrast two versions of the same song (the original version and a cover version) by describing the musical elements, mood, and lyrics.

Intro Lesson:

  • ‘What Is a Cover Song?’ student note
  • Listening Activity: comparing 3 song examples using the elements of music (3 graphic organizers available)

Cover Song Comparison Project

Students will be asked to:

  • Brainstorm songs that have been covered by other artists
  • Choose 1 song from their brainstorm to conduct an in-depth analysis of the elements of music, as well as reflect, compare and contrast how the two versions are the same and different from one another
  • Complete a written component, where students will explain which version they prefer, what the song makes them think of, and why they chose that specific song
  • Create cover art to express the music they hear through a visual representation
  • A rubric for assessment, with a success criteria checklist that students can refer too while completing the assignment and before they submit.

This assignment is a great way for students to choose a song of their choice and analyze how musical elements can change the mood and intention of the same song.

Purchase of this product includes 2 versions of the resource: a printable PDF and a Google Slides version, that is intended to be used on Google Apps such as Google Slides and Google Classroom. A ‘Google Classroom Help’ guide is also included to help answer any questions you may have regarding uploading the product correctly for your students.