Each student is required to attend and review a pre-approved live jazz performance during the semester.
2-3 pages typed (with standard spacing and font-as represented on this page).
Create a simple, clear, basic essay (theme).
One should begin with a clear thesis statement that is easily supported with factual research (not exclusively personal opinion)
Organize statements into a logical, sequential flow.
Consider using balanced statements for comparison. (Comparison to recorded performances studied in class are excellent for this reference.)
Support statements with factual research and concrete documentation if appropriate. (The text is useful for these references and possible footnotes.)
The instructor is looking for the student's ability to communicate general concepts and to include (at least) the required specific information.
Original creative thought or perspective may constitute the grounds for an "A" if this is well supported by research, comparison, and organized thought.
Use standard written English (avoid slang and conversational English).
Use proper punctuation and grammar.
Avoid first person references ("I", "my", "me", "you" and "your") and personal opinion (except where absolutely necessary in the conclusion).
Introduction: General comments (at least one paragraph):
Body: Pick one composition from the concert (at least one paragraph):
Limit the report to an examination of one tune (and one soloist).
Describe the melody.
Describe the harmony.
Describe the rhythm.
Create a map of the composition (to the best of your ability)
Describe one player's solo in detail.
Describe that soloists playing (tone quality, use of articulation, rhythm, etc.).
What did you like about this composition as a whole? (First person statements are appropriate here.)
How did the music make you respond intellectually, emotionally, and physically?
What is the significance of this music in relation to our current culture?