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Concert Listening Concert Review Guidelines


How to Write a Concert Review for Concert Listening Requirement

Reviews are due within one week following the concert. Place in Google Folder and email link to me.

Second, take a picture of program and place in your Google Folder.

Before and during the concert: Take Notes – BE RESPECTFUL

  1. Make sure that the concert meets the requirements for Concert Listening Credit

2 . Get access to the performance, i.e. Tickets.

  1. Take notes about what is happening on the stage. Write down your observations of the time and space of the concert – such as intermission, stage lighting, and musicians’ attire. Both formal and informal conversations by the musicians on the stage may be also useful for your review.
  2. Get the list of songs/compositions. Aka: Program. You will need to mention what pieces were played at the concert in your review. If some particular pieces are outstanding among the repertoire, take notes on the reasons.
  1. Review the performers. Take notes about how well (or poorly) the musicians played, if there was any outstanding piece (and, if so, why?). Be as descriptive and detailed as possible.
  2. Take notes about the audience. While your focus should be on what the musicians do, not the audience, it may be useful for your readers to know what type of fans showed up, how the audience responded, and whether it was a large or small crowd. Whether the show was sold out or only 10 fans showed up, audience size and their response have a tendency to affect the musicians’ performance.

After the concert: write a review

  1. Introduction. Your introduction should include the title, venue, and date of the concert, and names of musicians/ensembles/conductors. You may also include details, such as the specific locale, to give readers unfamiliar with the area a better idea of where the concert took place. Also, if the concert was held earlier in the day, or extremely late at night, be sure to mention that.
  2. Description. The main body of the concert review should include brief discussions of each piece played during the concert you attended. Do not quote the program notes: you should write your own observations on the performance. The format of your description may be varied according to the genres of music, but it should include: the title of each piece and the name of the composer and/or musician; basic and brief information about the composer and/or piece; and your reaction to the piece.
  3. Evaluation. Based on your notes, be sure to mention what made attending the concert worthwhile. What about the experience was new or different for you? Expand on your writing by augmenting it with relevant facts such as the history of the band or the effect the venue had on the performance. Be honest about whether you individually enjoyed the concert and how, in your opinion, the audience as a whole responded.
  4. Conclusion. Your conclusion should summarize your overall impression of the concert.

Here is a review of the Rotterdam Philharmonic performance we saw on February 20, 2015.

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