Discuss and compare the various functions, uses, and contexts of music.

Revised Concert Report Writing

Guidelines

Assignment Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and describe the various fundamentals concepts of music and music notation symbols by applying traditional terminology.
  • Discuss and compare the various functions, uses, and contexts of music.
  • Define and contrast historical eras and their musical genres.
  • Evaluate music’s relationship to culture and society.

Instructions:

  • Students will research and create an “ideal” concert they might attend in real life based on different genres in music history.
  • Concert must feature
    • Three to six different works by different composers
    • Selected from at least three different time periods (Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century, Twenty-First Century)
  • Total amount of music on concert must be 50 minutes or greater.
  • Students must provide a YouTube link to a specific online performance for each selected work.
  • Students will write program notes as described below, with “What to Listen For” examples that detail particular musical elements.
  • A Bibliography is included (works cited page)
  • Submit the essay online via SafeAssign. No emails, please.
  • Essays will be graded in accordance with the Revised Concert Report Grading Rubric.

Successful essays will include the following:

An opening paragraph providing the following details:

  • List of the chosen compositions (title in italics) with composer’s names and birth and death dates
  • If there are multiple movements, list the movements as the composer intended
  • What are the performing forces? Full orchestra? Chamber ensemble? Choir? Soloist(s) Jazz or Rock Band?
  • How do the compositions presented relate to one another from a historical perspective? Is the program all choral music? All works for orchestra? A mixture of styles and performing forces?

Example below:

An objective analysis of the first work on the program:

  • Paste the YouTube link at the beginning of this paragraph.
  • Provide a brief summary of the composer’s life and their importance in music history.
  • Briefly describe when the composition was written (era and date(s)), any influences that are connected to its composition (commission, particular event, etc.).
  • Define using correct and official definitions melody and texture. MARK ALL MUSIC TERMS IN BOLD IN YOUR REVIEW.
  • “What to Listen For”: Provide a detailed, objective analysis that specifically addresses melody and texture as heard in the music.  Remember to include and define each term.

 

Example of Program Notes:

 

 

A subjective description of a middle work on the program:

  • Paste the YouTube link at the beginning of this paragraph.
  • Provide a brief summary of the composer’s life and their importance in music history.
  • Briefly describe when the composition was written (era and date(s)), any influences that are connected to its composition (commission, particular event, etc.).
  • How did the composition make you feel emotionally overall?
  • Did the music remind you of anything? A life experience? A person? Another piece?
  • Was there a specific point in the composition that affected you especially? If so, what did you feel emotionally during that/those moment(s)? Did you like or dislike the piece? Why?

An objective analysis of the last work on the program:

  • Paste the YouTube link at the beginning of this paragraph.
  • Provide a brief summary of the composer’s life and their importance in music history.
  • Briefly describe when the composition was written (era and date(s)), any influences that are connected to its composition (commission, particular event, etc.).
  • Define using correct and official definitions any two (2) of the following elements of music: rhythm, harmony, dynamics, tempo, and timbre.
  • “What to Listen For”: Provide a detailed, objective analysis that specifically addresses the two elements defined above as heard in the music.

 

Final Paragraph, Overall Impressions:

  • Provide rationale for your musical selections. Be specific in your reasons.
  • Would you recommend this music to another classmate? Explain why or why not.
  • Would you listen to this music again? Explain why or why not.

EssayFormat:

Your essay should adhere to the following formatting requirements. If you are unsure how to select these options, check with your instructor:

  • Font size: 12 point
  • Acceptable Fonts: Cambria, Arial, or Times New Roman
  • Spacing: Double-spaced
  • Length: at least 1000 words prose in the body of the essay
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