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FORUMS (Free and Open Resources for Undergraduate Music Study): Attending Concerts

FORUMS is a collection of free and open online materials to support undergraduate general education music courses internationally.

Attending music performances and writing about them

Music survey faculty often require students to attend music performances and write about these experiences. Students may need guidance on how to select and attend a music program of a music style unfamiliar to them. Students also may not know how to write a concert report or concert review (two unique and different forms of writing not found in other fields). Despite cautions against plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty, not all students apply the same standards of academic integrity the professor expects or fully understands what constitutes academic dishonesty. Additionally, assignment specifics vary according to individual professor's objectives and music performance availability--there is no one standard accepted rationale or standard for attending and writing about music programs.  Formats and practices for teaching students to attend music programs and write about them can be a rich forum topic--sharing ideas and experiences.  I have included this page in the "FORUMS and Community" section because it includes a request for peer collaboration and some incomplete information to be further developed and provided later. This page is not fully formed or developed.  It is an example of one topic meriting discussion and sharing of ideas.

This page is under construction

This section is under construction.  

I am considering proposing a conference session and/or writing an article about concert reports and concert requirements in U.S. college music survey courses.  Material currently on this page includes some rough, draft material and some work product intended for a possible conference session or article. If you are interested in working with me on a conference session presentation or academic paper or research study, please contact me (Jane Palmquist) privately at


Concert listings

NYC Concert venues and ticket sources

Expected and appropriate behavior at concerts

Attending a symphony or opera