Rock Concert or Hip Hop/Rap Concert

The Concert Critique constitutes a formal written paper regarding any suitable event with an artistic subject (Rock Concert or Hip Hop/Rap Concert) that will conform in tone and character to the highest standards of academic English employed within the discipline of music history. This said, the paper should coincide with the following requirements and formatting:


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  1. A formal introduction of the event, a brief history of the organization or performance, and a statement concerning its significance to our coursework.
  2. A description of the composer(s) or originator, the performers or participants, and the compositions or works under discussion, including any pertinent information regarding methods of creation, textural, stylistic or any other significance factors relevant to the history of twentieth- and twenty-first century musical production.
  3. A discussion of the participants, which should include the artistic and professional background that influenced the creation of this performance.
  4. A specific performance review of the songs that impressed you during the performance (s), with concrete reasons as support.
  5. The inclusion of any observations, perspectives or information that you feel is relevant to the discussion of the arts as a whole.
  6. A conclusion regarding the effectiveness of the performance or work and any personal perspective that you deem is relevant.
  7. Each concert review should appear in Times New Roman 12 font, with standard margins, and should be double-spaced.
  8. This review should range from 4-6 pages in length.
  9. Approved Documentation Systems: Turabian, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, and APA—a list of references is required, if sources were consulted.
  10. Spelling, grammatical, and other mechanical issues should not appear in your paper. Students in need of assistance in this area may seek counsel from the instructor or visit CSUF’s Writing Center
  11. Any variant from the above requirements may result in a lower grade.
  12. The attendance of one performance in addition to this paper are worth a total of 20% of the final course grade (ticket stub, photograph at the venue, or a signature of the director/artist is required as proof of attendance).
  13. Please, no e-mailed papers will be accepted.

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