3310 - Creative Arts I
of Arkansas at Little Rock
for Music Papers
Two kinds of papers:
Paper #1 = 2-3 pages long; Paper #2 = 4-5 pages long, more detailed
Attend 2 musical
events from the approved list. One will be the subject of a Paper
#1, the other of Paper #2. The difference between the two papers is
their length. The music paper is a concert report, not an analysis of an individual piece or pieces. It is intended to be more descriptive than analytical.
Use the Concert
Observation Form at each event. Before the concert, answer as
many questions on the form as you can from examining the program of
pieces to be performed. Publicity usually lists
what composers/pieces are going to be performed ahead of time. At
the concert itself, listen, and shortly after a piece is played, take notes for the Musical Description part of the observation form. In the days following the
concert, study relevant portions of your textbook (those that make
reference to a composer whose works you heard), consult music reference
books if needed, refer to your class notes. This material provides the foundation for
developing your paper.
Turn in your paper on Blackboard. Your paper should discuss details about
the concert in objective report
The Concert Observation Form should guide your note-taking
during the preparatory phase of working on your paper.
Part of your
paper, the closing, may be more subjective. This is the place to
such things as your reaction to the musical performance. Did you
enjoy the concert? What were some of your favorite things and why?
If you didn't
like the concert, what were some things that you didn't care for,
and why? If you would prefer not to share your personal opinion,
may consider the overall audience response to the program. Which
selections seemed to be audience favorites? Which selections were
Take care to
apply terms accurately. Remember
that the textbook, and Blackboard, and the ConnectPlusMusic web site have a glossary,
as well as biographical
information about composers. Program notes (in the concert program),
the textbook, and the interactive web site all contain important
about composers and musical style. So do these reference books in
Ottenheimer Library: The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians
ML100 .G8863 1980; The New Grove Dictionary of American Music
.U6 N48; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th ed. ML
105 .B16 A link to the campus library is included on our Blackboard site. Some of these reference books are available online. Web links > Ottenheimer Library > Articles and Databases > Music > list of scholarly music resources. (Using the library is preferable to simply doing a Google search on a term.)
of an "A" paper.
- Formatting guidelines
are specified on the Assignment tool for each music paper, on an
attachment. Please use the following formatting conventions:
a. A title to the file that follows this convention: Lastname_titleofpaper#.
Here’s an example of a title I might create for myself: Holzer_ MusicPaper1
b. Page numbers and your name in headers on all subsequent pages (see here for
instructions on making headers in MS Word).
c. Double-spaced, readable, 12-point type.
d. Save the paper. Submit the paper in .doc or .docx (MS Word) as the preferred
format. Example: Holzer_ MusicPaper1.doc
If you are not able to do so in MS Word,
you may use .rtf (Rich Text Format).