Jazz Concert Review

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Concert Evaluation Guidelines:
MUS 2014: General guidelines to writing the paper.

AFTER THE CONCERT

Write your paper as soon as possible after the concert while the experience is fresh in your mind. What you include in you Concert Review will depend largely on the concert you attend.

FORMAT

Typed: double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman, one inch margins

Title page: Concert title, performers (do not list performers in larger ensembles), date of concert, course number and section, your name, and date. Length: No more than three pages.

Assemble: All concert reports must be stapled, with the concert program stapled behind your paper. Your name should be on each page, and also on the program.

Programs: Attendance at a live performance is required; streaming concerts are not acceptable for this assignment. The concert program must be turned in with your paper; papers submitted without programs will not be accepted. Printed PDF programs and Xerox copies will also not be accepted. Be advised that a well-attended performance may run out of programs; be sure to arrive early to get a program.

STYLE

Write your paper in the first person. This is about your concert experience and your reactions. Avoid jargon, slang, and wordiness. Points will be deducted for grammatical and spelling errors.

CONTENT

What do you include in your paper? The most important goal of the concert-going experience is to enjoy the music. If you are busy taking notes and trying to remember everything that you hear, then you are not listening and reflecting. There is not time to analyze the music in great detail in the context of a concert. The primary goals are to listen, enjoy, reflect, and to later articulate your impressions using musical terminology to the best of your ability through the writing of your Concert Review. What to include: Your paper should follow a standard format including an introductory paragraph, body (one paragraph on each work), conclusions,...
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