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Concert Attendance and Extra Credit Report

1. Suggestions for finding concerts:

LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of art, on Wilshire, east of Fairfax) has
chamber music concerts in its Bing auditorium. The concerts are Sundays at 6 pm and
they are free!
LACMA has free jazz concerts on Fridays at 6 pm

Grand performances is an outdoor space for world music concerts. It is on Grand Ave.,
Downtown L.A., across the street from Disney concert Hall. (You can take the subway to
the Civic Center station and walk a couple of blocks). Concerts are free see schedule in
link below.

To find out about chamber music concerts all over Southern Calif., send an e-mail
message to and request that the Clickable Chamber Music
Newsletter be e-mailed to you. This is the most comprehensive list of chamber music
activities in the region.
2. Credit for concert attendance:
1. If you pay to go to a concert, i.e., Walt disney Concert Hall,, Pierce College concert,
jazz concert at LACMA), bring me a ticket stub and a program book. If you go to a free
concert, bring a program book (which should be given to you when you enter if not,
look around for it). Be prepared to answer questions about what you saw/heard I will
do this randomly.
Jazz concerts, often at restaurants or clubs, dont hand out program booklets. To provide
evidence of attending a jazz concert, show me something that tells about the venue (the
place), and what occurred in the concert, i.e., vocalist, piano, bass and drums or a Latin

band or a big band something like that. However, if you go to a jazz concert at a
univerity or at Disney Hall (among others), you will get a program boolet.
For extra credit (5 pts. maximum), you may write a critical report about a concert that
you attended. Details:
Concert reports should be 1.5-2 pages, typed in 11 pt. and 1.5 line spaced. Use the guide
below to guide you in your writing. Keep in mind that I expect college-level writing, as
far as spelling, grammar, syntax, etc. A few cautionary items:

1. Refer to performers by their last names, i.e., Mr., Ms., Dr. not David, Boris, Maria
2. Avoid text-speak formal writing is very different than text message language
3. Paraphrase information that you get from the program book. Dont copy sentences
and paragraphs I dont need to see that information, as it is already in the booklet.
Also, be sure that you understand the words that you use you are not impressing me
by copying the words of a professional writer of concert program notes.
4. Dont refer to compositions as songs unless they are sung. Its OK to call them
pieces or compositions.
5. Classical concerts are not shows refer to them as concerts.
About concert program booklets (especially for classical concerts) 1. It is a playbook which will inform you about what to expect at the concert.
2. It will give you most, if not all, of the information which must be included in your
report (see template below).
3. It will give you additional information that will assist you.
4. You need to turn in the program book together with your report.
Guide for writing concert reports (especially classical concerts):
On [date} I attended a [orchestral, chamber music, solo recital, choral, opera] performance
given by [the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Armadillo String Quartet, Los Angeles Opera,
pianist Emmanuel Ax, mezzo-soprano Dawn Upshaw, etc.] at [concert venue, i.e., Walt Disney
Concert Hall, Zipper Auditorium, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, etc.]. The concert
included these works [composers name, title of composition, historical era] if the
performance was an opera, there is only one composition provide the name of the
composer and the name of the opera. In concerts of instrumental music, the
compositions are often divided into large sections called movements, which have titles,
i.e., Allegro, Rondo: Vivace, Adagio, Theme and Variations, etc.. In writing your reports,
be clear about your understanding about this. If you are writing about a symphony

which has four movements, dont write about the movements as if each one is a new
piece; better to write, for example [in the 3rd movement, Menuetto and Trio . . .]
Your reports should discuss the physical aspects of the performance space, observations
about other concertgoers, their behavior, reactions to the music, etc. About the music,
please write subjectively about your feelings but try to also include information from
class lectures, discussions, and your reading assignments. You need to refer to specific
pieces of music you hear at the concerts and to avoid generalities, such as this was
really a cool concert or I loved the concert - the musicians were awesome, etc.