Before You Go ~ Music

Music Enduring Understanding 4; Aesthetic Judgment - Music knowledge is applied through reflection and evaluation of the music of self and others.  HS Extensions M 4 (9-12) Ext-1:  Students analyze and describe music by analyzing and describing musical elements in familiar and UNFAMILIAR music.

RI Chamber Music Concerts



Preparing to attend a music performance allows us to bring depth of knowledge to our role as audience members...whether gained through years of study and practice, or through the fresh eyes of of someone new to this art form and just beginning to learn its history, language, styles, and techniques and great performers and composers. 

Knowledge of music as an art form helps us reflect on and evaluate concert/music performances, and information about the music or the performers featured on stage is a great place to start before going to a show.  This introductory project helps you to get ready to GO!

Methods / Materials: 

Research to Build and Present Knowledge

1.  Using any device for keeping notes:  record the following questions:
a.  What is the title of the performance?
b.  What is the name of the singer,  musician, ensemble, or orchestra?
c.  Who is the composer(s)?
d.  What has been prior (if any) critical response to this artist, performance, or to this company?

2.  Visit the performer's official web site and read major menu items such as the home page, biography, music samples.

3.  Answer items a-d in your notes.

4.  Search the web for press reviews of this performance or of the performer/ensemble.  Read reviews.

5.  If the content of the performance is based on traditional folklore ( traditonal folk song "Barbara Allen") or literary works (Romeo and Juliet) read the original or a synopsis of the primary  source.

6.  If there is a recorded performance of this repertoire by this or another perfomer/ensemble, view this performance to help you understand your field trip experience or to provide comparison.

Time to Complete: 

15 minutes - 3 hours depending on choice or combinations of "Before You Go" Music  items.

Task Type:

Depth of Knowledge: