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Guidelines for Writing a Good Concert Report
Include the following:
the instrumentation – instruments and/or voices used in this
performance. You can write an overview of the performance but then it is
crucial that you describe specific musical selections in details. I
recommend that you make some notes while listening to the concert and
then write the paper consulting your notes.
How would you describe the overall
character of each musical selection?–for example: calm, lively,
agitated, cheerful, light, somber, etc. What
elements in the music make the piece sound this way?–tempo (fast or
slow), dynamics (soft or loud), instrumentation (who has the lead?),
pitch (major or minor key), or register (high or low sounds). How does
the piece or movement evolve through time? (Describe the various changes
that you hear)
What qualities make this music appealing to you (or not)?
You may choose one piece from the concert and compare it to a a piece
by a composer we have studied in class. Comment on the similarities and
Support all your comments with a discussion. Be clear and specific. Use correct grammar and mechanics of writing. Make sure you use musical terms correctly.
concert review is about your description and comments on the music you
hear. This is not a research assignment: you don’t need to provide
historical information on the composers or pieces. Also, the primary
goal is to describe objectively what you hear in the music rather than
say whether you like it or not.
This is the checklist I use for grading papers:
Can I tell that the student watched the entire concert?
Is it clear what selection(s) the student is writing about?
-Description of what happens musically
-Correct use of musical terms
-Correlation between musical terms and character of the music
(i.e. “the fast tempo and the bright color of the trumpets made this movement sound very lively”)
-Good structure and correct English
that are detailed and specific. Does the student describe interesting
or unusual elements that relate to specific pieces (or movements) in the
Papers must be 1000+ words in length, double-spaced, and in 12 pt. Times, Times New-Roman, or Arial font.
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