SCHOLARS 3310 - Creative Arts I

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Link to UALR Donaghey Scholars Program


Guidelines for Music Papers

  1. Concert Report = 4-5 pages long

  2. Attend 1 concert from the approved list. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Turn in your paper on Blackboard. Your paper should discuss details about the concert in objective report style. The Concert Observation Form should guide your note-taking during the preparatory phase of working on your paper.

  5. Part of your paper, the closing, may be more subjective. This is the place to share about 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, you may consider the overall audience response to the program. Which selections seemed to be audience favorites? Which selections were not enthusiastically received?

  6. 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 information 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 ML 101 .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.)

  7. Qualities of an "A" paper.

  8. 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_ MusicPaper.doc
    If you are not able to do so in MS Word, you may use .rtf (Rich Text Format).