Here is a list of live performances links that are acceptable (many will charge admission):
Here is the link to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s live webcasts (any of which are acceptable). These are all free of charge and exceptional. You can stream them using a computer, phone, or tablet anywhere you have access to the Internet.
Here is a list of YouTube links for concerts you can choose to write about:
2. All reports must be typed in a 12-point font and double-spaced.
3. Concerts appropriate for this report are listed for you in blackboard. Other live concerts not listed are acceptable, as long as they are organized and performed by a college lever or professional ensemble of 3 members or more (and qualify as jazz). If you are not sure, check with your instructor.
4. The concert report should be at least 3 full pages in length (no more than 4) and should reflect your own impressions of the music concert experience. The reports also must include a program from the concert you attended or the link to the online concert (can also be a YouTube link). If a program is not provided, a ticket stub will suffice. Please scan (or take a picture of) your program/ticket stub and upload with your report.
5. Writing style: please use first person (“I”). Make sure you spell composer and musician names correctly. Use your spell-checker. Points will be deducted for poor grammar.
6. If you are not sure how to organize your report, start with an introductory paragraph, then a few paragraphs describing each of the pieces on the concert, then end with a concluding paragraph.
7. I am interested in your personal reaction to the pieces on the concert. Think about the following questions as you listen:
a. Concert setting: Where did the concert take place? Were there any spoken remarks about the concert? Could you follow the order of the concert? Were there any aspects of concert conventions that surprised you?
b. Which genres of music were performed (style)? Were any of the works programmatic? If so, were you able to follow the story? What historical eras were represented on the program (swing, modern, free, etc.)?
c. Were there any concepts that you recognized, such as interesting rhythm, harmony, texture, dynamics (loud and soft), tempos (speed), or instruments?
d. What was your overall reaction to each piece? What did you like about it and why? What did you not like and why? How did the ensemble perform together? What did they do especially well/poorly?
e. Remember that this assignment is an opportunity to show me what you have learned about jazz music, so pay good attention and try to use the same terminology we use in class.
8. Do not copy material from the concert program notes, from Wikipedia, or from other concert report that you may find online. Plagiarism (taking credit for work that is not your own) is a serious offense. Any work which is submitted for a grade must be 100% the student’s own work. In this course, the first violation will result in a grade of zero on that assignment and can result in a grade of “F” for the course.
The following are four types of plagiarism:
a. Global – writer copies entire paper from another source
b. Patchwork – writer cuts and pastes sentences, paragraphs, or entire pages into paper
c. Incremental – writer composes most of the words, but does not properly cite or credit the sources or does not paraphrase or quote correctly
d. Resubmission – writer uses all or most of work assigned and submitted for credit in another course
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