live-concert-review-assignment

  • Overview

    This course requires a course project in the form of a Live Performance Review, which develops the following competencies:

    • Examine personal perceptions of Western classical music in the context of a live performance.
    • Provide a critique of a live performance of music from the Western classical tradition.
    • Explain the extent to which the music considered in this course intersects with the sociocultural traditions of personal life experience.

    In order to meet these competencies, you are required to attend a concert of music (symphony, instrumental or vocal recital, opera, chamber music, or ballet) during the current term. One of the competencies of this course is to expose students to music they would not ordinarily listen to in an attentive and thoughtful way. Thus rock concerts, country music, jazz, high school performances, Broadway shows, and rock club performances are not eligible for this assignment.

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    Attending the Performance

    While your Live Performance Review is not due until Module 14, it is important to find a performance taking place during this semester and put it on your calendar as soon as possible. Since this is an online course, it would be impossible to provide a list of performances and venues that would work for all of you. However, in general, community colleges, universities, local music organizations, and community centers are often excellent sources of live performances. For those of you who happen to be located near Schoolcraft College’s main campus, here are just a few recommendations for concert opportunities in Southeast Michigan:

    If you have any doubts about what concert to attend, e-mail me and I will help direct you. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to find a concert to attend, and attend the concert in sufficient time to write a quality review. Note: Check the course Schedule before you choose the concert you wish to attend. It is imperative that you make sure that we will have covered the genre of music you will see performed before you attend the performance.

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    Writing the Review

    Your Live Performance Review will be at least 5 pages, follow MLA formatting (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font, one-inch margins), and include all of the following:

    • A general description of the concert. Why did you choose this concert? Where did it take place? What was being performed? Who was performing? What was the venue, audience, and “feel” of the performance?
    • An analysis of each piece performed. Include the title, composer, historical context, and a detailed description of the musical features and elements as presented in this course (form, texture, timbre, dynamics, etc.).
    • A personal reflection. What was your reaction to the concert? What emotions or personal experiences were brought to mind as you listened to the performance? Do you think your reaction was what the composer intended? Explain.
    • An effective conclusion. Sum up the performance in your own words. How did your study of music during this semester aid in your appreciation?

    For guidance in writing your concert review, consult Writing a Concert Review. This resource will help you prepare for, actively listen to, and write a critique of your chosen performance.This assignment is worth 150 points and will be evaluated using the MUS 105 Live Performance Review Rubric, which is available from the Grade Center and when you open the assignment in Module 14.

Live Musical Concert Project

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    Overview

    This course requires a course project in the form of attending a live musical performance, which develops the following competencies:

    1. Examine basic styles in art and music.
    2. Apply the basic vocabulary for art and music.
    3. Analyze similarities among Western and non-Western art and music systems.
    4. Analyze various works of art and music.
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    Attending a Concert

    While your Musical Concert Project is not due until Module 6, it is important to find a concert and put it on your calendar as soon as possible. Since this is an online course, it would be impossible to provide a list of concerts that would work for all of you. However, in general, community colleges, universities, local organizations, and community centers are often excellent sources to get advice. The concert you attend must fit into one of the following genres/types of music: classical, non-Western, chorale music, opera, jazz, or gospel.For those of you who happen to be located near Schoolcraft College’s main campus, here are just a few recommendations for concert opportunities in Southeast Michigan:

    • Schoolcraft College offers recitals during the academic year. Search for concerts on the Schoolcraft News & Events page or contact the Schoolcraft Music Department for exact dates and times.
    • The University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance offers a regular schedule of recitals and concerts, many of them free of charge. A musical event is scheduled there nearly every day.
    • The University Musical Society in Ann Arbor offers an impressive schedule of concerts. There is a charge for these concerts.
    • The Ann Arbor Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Michigan Philharmonic in Plymouth, Dearborn Symphony, and the Livonia Symphony also offer concerts. There is a charge for admission for their concerts, but the ticket prices range quite a bit.
    • Check the musical offerings at other local colleges, especially EMU and Wayne State.

    If you have any doubts about what concert to attend, consult the Event Calendar Wiki (Coure Project folder) for tips from other classmates. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to find a concert to attend, and attend the concert in sufficient time to write a quality essay.Note: You must include a copy of your ticket stub, a program, or a picture of yourself at the concert for credit.

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    Writing the Review

    Your Musical Concert Project will be at least 3 full pages, follow MLA formatting (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12pt font, one-inch margins), and include all of the following:

    1. Introduction, provide the following:
      1. Date, time, place and name of the concert you attended.
      2. What were some of the pieces on the program/played by the musicians?
      3. Describe the venue and/or audience and why did you chose this specific concert, explain fully.
    2. Choose one song from the concert and include the following:
      1. Name of song
      2. Year it was created
      3. Composer
    3. Do some research about your chosen song and composer and clearly identify the following:
      1. When did the composer live and what was their style? Explain fully, including relevant background details.
      2. Is this a Western or non-Western composition?
      3. What musical elements are present in the song? Explain fully.
      4. How do these elements of music contribute to the overall mood of the piece?
      5. What else can you find out about the artist who created it, the culture it comes from and/or what was going on in history at the same time?
      6. Be sure to give credit to your sources using MLA style.
    4. Personal Reaction
      1. Describe your specific thoughts and/or experience at the concert and with the performance.
      2. What did you like or dislike about your chosen song and/or composer?
      3. Do you think your reaction is what the composer intended? Explain fully.
    5. Conclusion
      1. Summarize your main points.
      2. How has studying music this semester impacted your experience with the aural arts.

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