Your Name____________________________ Your
CONCERT or RECORDING REVIEW
Listen to a recording or go to a concert (not pop/rock)
and do a write-up (at least 3 paragraphs) about the music.
Include in your write-up some of the following
- First paragraph (general information): who was
playing, a description of the group or performer, how
they were dressed (if a concert), what type of music they
played (classical, ethnic, jazz...), if it was a concert
include where & when it took place, if you are
reviewing a recording give the title of the recording and
what company produced it (usually on the spine of the CD
- Second paragraph (description of the music and
musicians): list some of the pieces and the composers and
describe what the music was like for each (refer to
things like dynamics, tempo, contrast, repetition, style,
mood, balance, melody, harmony, rhythm, surprises, etc.
(DO NOT use words you don't understand - I will be able
to tell that you are faking it...)
- Third paragraph (your opinions): what was your
favorite part of the concert or recording? What (if
anything) did you not like? Did the performers play well?
Were there any solos and what did you notice about how
they were played? Did you enjoy the concert or the
- Include any other information or thoughts that you
You may turn in a written review as if it were going to
be in a newspaper or you may turn in a taped "radio" review.
In either case, make sure it looks/sounds "professional."
Neatness & pride in your work counts!
(Consider turning in your review to the school newspaper,
your English teacher or sending it to "Twenty-First
The concert or recording could be of an orchestra, a
band, a jazz group, and ethnic ensemble, a small ensemble or
a soloist. The concert you review could be a Wayland High
School concert or a college concert as well as professional
performers. Please do not use pop/rock concerts or CDs.