Performance Review Information

The review for this class must be a live performance of rock or pop music. This includes all styles of rock, metal, pop, rap, alternative, etc. No country, jazz, folk, or classical. You should attend performances of professional level groups. Club bands that cover other groups songs, Church groups, high school or amateur groups, and Broadway style shows are not appropriate for this class. Use the internet, SF chronicle, or East Bay Express for resources to find concerts.

Think of yourself as the reviewer for a major newspaper. Evaluate a musical event based on your personal reactions and use the vocabulary and criteria discussed in class lectures. Be specific with your descriptions of the events and your responses, both emotionally and intellectually.
The purpose of these reviews is to take the concepts and musical styles discussed in class and apply them to understanding a live performance. Keep your mind, eyes, and most importantly your ears open.

One Review of two pages is due the tenth week of class. It must be a minimum of two typed pages, double spaced. Your grade will drop significantly if it is less than two pages. Scan any program, flyer, or ticket stub from the concert. Your grade will be lowered without this proof of attendance. You must go to the concert during this quarter! Concerts attended during any other time frame are unacceptable and will receive an F.

Reviews should include the following:
1. Name of the artist or group. Describe the musician(s) and instruments played. Briefly describe the audience and setting. How did the surroundings affect your experience?

2. What were your expectations before attending the performance? Were those expectations met?

 

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