The level of the performance must be college-age performers or professional—no middle/high school/etc. performances.

Follow the picture I provide to write the concert report.




Concert Guidelines:

1. The level of the performance must be college-age performers or professional—no middle/high school/etc. performances.
2. The performance must be of western art music, similar to the genres discussed in text chapters assigned in the syllabus—orchestra, chamber music, solo instrumental performances, opera, choir, ballet, musicals, etc. If you have doubts about a concert qualifying as “western art” music, e-mail the professor before attending.
3. You must attend the entire performance- no late arrivals or early departures.




Format: 2-4 pages, typed, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 paper with one-inch margins. Report should include a title, a header with your name and the date, and page numbers.


Writing Voice and style: Your colleagues taking this class should be able to read the report and gain a clear concept of your experience. You will not need to define the terminology we have covered in class, but you do need to keep in mind that your audience will not HEAR this concert and will rely on a sense of the experience solely from your descriptions. This paper should have an academic style- formal, with no contractions used.


Content: The report is YOUR observations of the concert. A successful report will address these categories:


1. Performance setting and types of music: Give the date, place, and name(s) of groups performing. Briefly describe the performance setting- for example, you might includeyour observations on the ambiance of the performance space, performers’ attire dress, audience’s attire, etc. and how it affected your concert-going experience. Which types/genres of music were performed (symphony, opera, solo, chamber, etc). What pieces did you hear, who were the composers, and what were historical eras of these pieces?
2. The main body of your report should focus on accurately and interestingly applying the knowledge gained in this class to the specific music you heard at the concert. Narrow your focus to two movements or short pieces from your concert and do one of the following:
a. Choose two movements or short pieces from the program and contrast/comparethese works with references to specific musical elements.
b. Choose two movements of short pieces and give an overview of their characters- what types of moods or feelings they evoked with references to specific musical elements.
c. Choose the music composition you liked best and describe why using specific musical elements. Choose the music composition you liked least and describe why using musical elements.

Use YOUR ears (not the internet’s ideas…) and listen for the basic elements discussed in class and apply them to the pieces of your concert. Try to highlight what really “stuck out” to you about the musical selections highlighted in this section.


Content (continued)

3. Evaluate your concert going experience: What did you enjoy about the concert, what would have improved your experience, how did the performance fit or foil your expectations? Were there any aspects of the performance that were unfamiliar or surprising to you? If so, what? What was the overall reaction of the audience or people that came with you?



Common problem checklist


Before you turn your paper in, check for the following:

• Do NOT copy the program notes. You may use outside references with proper citation (MLA or APA is fine. 



1. If you wrote about a piece of music, did you refer to the piece title and the composer? If not, go back and add in the composer’s last name and the name of the piece about which you are writing
2. Is it in paper form? If you used numbers to label the paragraph, go back and delete them.
3. Scan your paper and delete any contractions. This includes: don’t, can’t, wouldn’t, I’d, shouldn’t, didn’t.
4. Scan your paper for informal terms that do not belong in an academic paper. This include “Kinda” , “I think”, “something”, “sorta”, “sort of”, etc.
5. Read your paper out loud to see if it makes sense. If you have to read a sentence twice or it is not clear, re-do that sentence.
6. Do not include weakening statements such as “I think” or “I believe”. Since this is your paper, we already know that this is what you believe.
7. Did you refer to the audience? If so, did you use the proper form, which is audience or audience members, not audiences?