i will send you the videos of the perfomance
You will be graded on the following three sections. Each will be worth 1/3 of the final score.
- Concert Information. This is the section where you essentially reproduce the information that is listed in the program. This is the easiest part of the assignment and it really helps me in the grading process. It keeps me from going back and forth from the printed program file and the written critique. Be thorough. You must include:
- The name of the performing group(s)
- The location of the concert
- The date of the concert
- A listing of the instruments in the group
- The title of every single piece performed, such as Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Sousa's Stars and Stripes march. Some pieces of music will have more than one section or movement. If you hear a piece that has more than one movement or section you need to list every one of them. For example, most symphonies will have four movements. The names of the individual movements within a symphony are usually very generic and are simply the tempo marking for that section of music (review Chapter 1 if you don't remember them). For example, this is what one of W.A. Mozart's most famous symphonies looks like on paper:
Symphony #40 in G minor, k.550
I Molto allegro
IV Allegro assai
- Description of the Music. You need to describe every piece of music that you heard. A good approach to this section is to imagine yourself trying to describe the music to friends or colleagues that weren't there. This is usually the most difficult part of the assignment. The two most important parts of this section are to prove you listened intently to what you heard and to use the music vocabulary that you have learned in the course. Do your best on this section knowing that I don't expect perfection. If you're in this class, you aren't a music major and I don't expect that level of expertise. I do however expect your best effort! When in doubt, be prolific and write more. Remember that it's a writing assignment. If a piece of music has more than one movement, you need to treat each movement as a separate piece of music. Here is a list of things to help you get started.
- tempo- Was it fast or slow or somewhere in between? If you describe the tempo you need to use music terminology, allegro, presto, adagio, etc.
- What was going on dynamically (how loud or soft the music was)? Did it have wide contrasting dynamics or did it stay loud or soft through the entire piece?
- Which instrument or instruments were the most prominent?
- Which instrument or instruments played the melody most of the time?
- What were the accompaniment instruments doing (non melody instruments)?
- What was the mood or character of the piece?
- How did it make you feel? Did it make you feel anything at all?
- Did you like or dislike it? Why?
- What was the best or the worst part of the piece?
- Did anything unusual happen during the piece? Did someone break a string or fall off of his chair?
- etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.
- Description the Concert Experience. You need to write a paragraph or two describing your concert experience. This is the section where you get to tell me how you felt and what you really thought about the performance and/or the experience, not so much about the music itself. This section is usually much easier than the previous one, but students have often failed to give it their best effort. When in doubt, be prolific and write more. Remember that it's a writing assignment. Here is a list of things to help you get started.
- What were your expectations of the concert? Were you excited or dreading it?
- What was your first impression once you arrived?
- What was the audience like? How were they dressed? How did they behave during, before, and after the performance? Did they have good concert etiquette or not?
- What was your final impression of the concert/performance? How did you feel when you left the concert? Was it what you expected? Was it better or worse? Why?
- Would you attend another concert similar to this one in the future? Would you attend another performance of the same group? Why or why not?