Research the music you are going to hear before you go to a classical concert.

Music Concert Report

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Concert Report Guide

Concert Attendance and Reports

The purpose of this assignment is to put your music study into the broader context of live music.

  1. You are required to attend 1 concert: either off-campus public, professional, classicalmusic concert, approved by the instructor, or one on campus CSM music department sponsored concert.
  2. Submit a 2-page, 12 point, double-spaced typed paper (minimum—longer is fine) based on your impressions and experiences of the concert.
  3. Attendance must be during the current semester.
  4. Before you go to a concert, check with the instructor, so you know whether the concert you plan to attend qualifies as a classical music concert.
  5. Reports must submitted by uploading to Canvas by the due date. No reports will be accepted late or via email.
  6. Include a copy of the printed playbill pages that show what music was performed.

A Guide to Classical Concerts and Writing Concert Reports

What is classical music?

  • Any music from the past to the present; may be performed by one person or any combination of orchestra or smaller instrumental ensemble, choir, and soloists.
  • Classical pieces range in duration from 3 minutes to 45 minutes or more—usually much longer than a piece of popular music.
  • Classical music, by its very nature, usually requires more attention from the listener, listening based on informed expectations, more than popular music usually does. The more you know about it, the more enjoyable it can be.
  • Classical music can be profound: it can move you tears or joy, and can make you cry or laugh. It can take you beyond your self or more deeply into yourself.

What should I wear to a classical concert?

  • Dress nicely (no jeans) out of respect for the performers.
  • Most concertgoers wear business or cocktail attire.

Things to do BEFORE the concert

  1. Purchase your ticket in advance.
  2. Research the music you are going to hear before you go to a classical concert. Listen to it ahead of time and read about it. Classical music becomes more enjoyable the more you know about it! Some organizations publish program notes on their websites in advance of the concert. This is an excellent source of information.
  3. A printed playbill is provided at classical concerts and is included in the price of admission. The playbill often contains program notes. Get to the hall 15 minutes before the concert or preconcert talk starts, and you will have time to read the notes.
  4. Concert organizations often put on a pre-concert talk: you should definitely attend this if offered. The talks are held in the same hall as the concert, usually a half hour or hour before the concert starts.
  5. You might want to follow the score (the sheet music) as you listen, especially if the music on the concert is for your own instrument. It’s perfectly acceptable for audience members to bring scores to concerts and to follow the music as it is playing.
  6. All of the above will make you a more knowledgeable listener and will help you get the most out of what classical music live performance can offer.
  7. When you go to the concert, take a pen with you so that you can make notes as you listen. You can use your playbill for this. Do this quietly so as not to disturb your listening neighbors.

What is expected of the audience at classical concerts?

  • Get there early, in time for the pre-concert talk, if there is one. Latecomers are usually not admitted while the music is playing and may need to miss a whole piece or a whole half a concert!
  • Turn off cell phones and pagers before entering the concert hall. No talking or texting while the music is playing. Any audience noise is distracting to the performers and the audience, and can interfere with the live recording so attentive, quiet audiences are most appreciated.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, try to wait for the end of the movement, or do so quietly.

When should I clap?

  • It is usually considered proper concert etiquette to applaud after a piece is complete.
  • If it is a multi-movement, work, there is usually NO applause between movements! The playbill will list how many movements each piece has. Usually, there is a brief pause between movements during which there is silence. If you are not sure, wait for the rest of the audience to clap before you do.
  • At the end of a major work or the first half or the whole concert, it is polite to express your appreciation by applauding. You can also stand and applaud to show your enthusiasm. Musicians like to know that their music has reached you.

During the Concert

  1. You may want to listen in a more general, receptive way.
  2. Or a piece might suggest what aspect to focus on.—time and rhythm, pitch and scales, dynamics, form, or timbre.
  3. If there is sung text, follow it in the printed playbill, so you understand the words. How the music captures the meaning of the text is worth exploring.

Guidelines for Content of your Paper

Structure Your Paper

Introduction—Main Body—Conclusion

  1. Introduce the review by briefly providing a setting: name of concert, name of performers or performing group, venue, date.
  2. Write about each piece on the program. Explain what you have heard in detail and from your point of view. Use a new paragraph to refer to each piece.
  3. Write a conclusion, describing your involvement with the music or how it has affected you.
  4. Spell-check your paper before you turn it in.
  5. Attach a copy of the playbill.

Questions to answer and incorporate in your review

  1. Did you enjoy the concert experience?
  2. Did you like all the music on the program? Did you like some parts more than others?
  3. Were you affected by the music? How?
  4. How did the music make you feel or what did it make you think?
  5. What were the acoustics like in the hall?
  6. What were your expectations before the concert? Were those expectations met or exceeded?
  7. In what ways was this live concert different for you from listening to music via electronic media or from a popular music concert?

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