Musical Critique, 1000 words

  

I have a 1000 word formal critique for my Humanities class. The formal performance I attended was the musical Disney’s Newsies at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and I was hoping you could help me out with the paper. Attached you will find my course syllabus along with the separate guidelines for written papers.GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN PAPERS HUMANITIES (1).docx Humanities Syllabus Morning Course (1).doc
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GUIDELINES FOR WRITTEN PAPERS IN HUMANITIES
PROFESSOR DELMA ILES
1) Topic – The paper must fulfill the assignment by directly addressing the topic assigned.
2) Length – The paper must meet the specific assignment for length. Formal papers are 1,000
words in length. campus papers are 250 words in length. Points will be deducted
proportionately for papers that are shorter than the length assigned. Microsoft Word provides a
word count in the lower left hand corner of the screen.
3) Heading – The heading at the top of the page should contain:
Title of Paper
Name of student
Name of Course
Name of the performance, exhibition, or event and name of the company, ensemble,
architect, composer, or artist(s)
Date the assignment is handed in
4) Typeset & Font – All papers must be typed. Fonts must be 12 points, no larger or smaller. Fonts
may vary, but must be clearly legible. (No Gothic, etc.)
5) Spacing – All papers must be single spaced.
6) Margins – One inch margins (top, bottom, left & right) are required.
7) Stapling – All papers of more than one page must be stapled together in the upper left hand
corner. The instructor will not provide a stapler.
CONTENT
Identify the location of the performance or event. Is it a theater? Museum? Gallery? Church?
Community Center? Park or garden? Etc. If the location is important in the experience of the event,
explain why.
Describe in detail what you saw or heard.
If a costume is important, describe the costume. If a musical instrument is important, describe the
instrument. If a particular design or style is important, describe the design. If you are not familiar with
the design or style, research it. If a person’s voice is important, describe the sound of that voice (or
group of voices).
Some elements that might be important: visuals such as colors, textures, geometric shapes, directions of
travel (where movement is concerned), levels (high, low, medium), scale (very large to very small),
physical relationships between/among people or groups of people, physical relationships
between/among objects. Is the work emotional, intellectual, spiritual, political, religious, cultural, etc?
In the case of a visual arts or sculpture exhibit, identify the medium: photography (digital or film), oil
paint, tempera, watercolor, pen and ink, woodcut, lithograph, mosaic, etc. Was there a theme? If so
explain the theme. Describe the colors, textures, scale of the works, important shapes or designs.
Identify the primary artistic intent of the work.
In the case of a music performance, identify the style: jazz, blues, classical, Renaissance, folk, flamenco,
raga, cultural, etc. Also identify the form: song, opera, symphony, sonata, raga, improvisation, etc.
Identify the volume of the music: loud, soft, medium, etc. Identify the number of musicians or singers.
Why is this the appropriate number of performers for the type of music you heard? Identify the musical
instruments used. What did the music sound like? Rhythmic? Harsh? Delicate? Soulful? Romantic? Sad?
Lonely? Exciting? Or combinations of these and other elements?
In the case of an opera or musical theater performance, use the instructions for both music and dance.
In the case of a dance performance, identify the music or sound accompaniment (if any), the number of
dancers and the style of dance: ballet, jazz, tap, modern dance, flamenco, folkloric, cultural (and the
culture it comes from), ballroom, etc. Describe the costumes, music, and any scenery or props. Describe
any patterns or formations: are the dancers making: straight lines, circles, wedge shapes, starburst,
couples, trios, etc.? Describe the movements the dancers are executing: turning sliding, leaping,
stretching, kicking skipping reaching, etc. Explain the primary artistic intent of the dance: story, mood or
emotion, abstract, etc.
In the case of architecture, identify the location of the exhibition and sponsoring organization. What is
the theme of the exhibition? What is the style of architecture shown in the exhibition? What are the
primary characteristics of the style? What function do the buildings serve? Residential? Government?
Educational? Commercial? Public? Is it the work of a single architect or a group? What does the
building/or buildings do for the people who use it? Describe how the information was communicated:
photos, models, descriptions, examples of materials, etc.
For a single building (see restrictions below), identify the function of the building: theater, courthouse,
home, apartment, office building, school, cathedral, mosque, technically specific for a particular function
(such as an airport), etc. Identify the materials it is made of: concrete block, marble, wood, glass, mud,
steel, brick, combinations of any of the previous plus other materials as appropriate. Identify the style of
the building: classical, baroque, modernist, primitive, Islamic? Is the building well designed for its
intended use? What makes this so or not so?
In the case of a theater performance, briefly summarize the plot. Describe the costumes, scenery, and
props and any background music or sound. Explain the role(s) of the main characters. Describe their
personalities and what their relationships are like: loving, angry, confused, domineering, shy, control
issues, etc. Explain the theme of the play. What is the primary dramatic conflict? How is it resolved? Or
does it go unresolved?
In the case of a film, identify the film’s director and the date the film was made. Briefly summarize the
plot, if relevant. Explain the dramatic conflict(s) and how they are resolved (or not). Identify the
techniques that are part of the director’s style: close-up, long shot, montage, form shot, etc. Explain
how the director uses these to enhance the film.
General:
Give your evaluation of the skill level of the artist(s) or architect. Give your opinion of the event you
attended. Was it artistically successful? If so, why? If you feel that it was not successful, explain what
was missing.
Write your paper so that a person who did not attend the event could read it and have a good picture
in his/her mind of what the event was like!
RESTRICTIONS
All performances you attend for formal papers must be professional performances. This means that the
performers are paid, their art form is their principal source of employment!
Humanities is a course that explores fine arts, therefore, no commercial performances or exhibitions are
acceptable. Events you attend must be fine arts events. If you have any question at all about the
suitability of the event, ask the instructor.
Music: The performance must be played by live musicians playing real instruments. No electronic music
or sampling.
Film: The film must be a classic film (Google 100 Classic Films). You may request to see an alternative
film, but it must be approved by the instructor.
Architecture: You must see an architecture exhibition. An analysis of a single building may be allowed if
the building is architecturally significant. You must obtain specific permission from the instructor to
analyze a single building.
WRITING SKILLS
All papers must be written in correct English!
One point per mistake will be deducted for the following:
Spelling – every instance! USE SPELL CHECK! Beware of homonyms (words that sound alike, but are
spelled differently) and make sure you are using the correct one!
Subject/verb agreement
Proper use of singular & plural
Proper use of tense of verbs
Correct sentence structure
Capitalization of all proper nouns – Remember that the rules for this are different in English from those
in Spanish and many other languages.
THE NAMES OF ALL DANCES, MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS, FILMS, BOOKS, PLAYS, OPERAS, POEMS,
PERIODICALS, ARE CAPITALIZED AND ARE PLACED IN ITALICS OR QUOTATION MARKS!
Use of commas, colons, semicolons and quotation marks.
Compound sentences, prepositional phrases and subordinate clauses.
Numbers – spell out numbers in a formal paper with the exception of dates, amounts of money that
require more than two words, and mathematical calculations. Numbers greater than 1,000 can be
written numerically. Numbers that appear at the beginning of a sentence are always spelled out.
Quotations. Always place someone else’s actual words in quotation marks and identify the source.
PLAGARISM
Please refer to the MDC Student Handbook for college-wide policies on plagiarism. Plagiarism is
considered an academic felony! Plagiarism in a written paper will result in a minimum penalty of a grade
of 0 for the paper and a maximum penalty of expulsion from Miami Dade College, depending on the
gravity of the offense.
Tips:
Remember that written English is different from other languages. Do not attempt a direct translation
from another language.
If you are writing a paper about a performance and use material printed in the program book or exhibit
publication, you must place the material in quotation marks and cite the source.
MAJOR TIP:
Read your paper out loud, preferably to another person who is an experienced writer, and listen to hear
if it makes sense, if it sounds natural and logical.
Don’t wait until the last minute to write your paper – you are very likely to make mistakes and not
catch them.
HELP IS AVAILABLE!
There is a writing lab in the computer courtyard; you are encouraged to use it as a resource to assist you
in developing strong written compositions.
Resource: The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer. This is a small, inexpensive book that
provides easy guidelines to grammar and the rules of writing.
*If you do not understand the instructions in this guideline, please see the instructor. You may need to
take a course in basic writing before attempting this course!
Syllabus
Course Title:
Term:
Schedule:
Humanities: HUM 1020, Reference #829119
Spring Semester 2015
TR 8:25 9:40 AM
Instructor Information
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Delma Iles, MFA
Department of Music, Theater and Dance
Office: 3604-38
Office Hours: M 2:30-4:30 pm, TR 12:25-1:55 pm & 3:30-4:30 pm, W 1:10-4:10
pm
Office phone: 305-237-3040/alternate phone: 305-858-7002
Email: diles@mdc.edu/ alternate email: mdanceco@bellsouth.net
Textbook: The Humanistic Tradition, Special Edition Miami Dade College, Wolfson
Campus, McGraw Hill Publishing
I.
Course overview
HUM 1020 is an interdisciplinary course which introduces ideas and examples of art,
music, philosophy, drama, literature, dance, film, and architecture with an emphasis on
critical appreciation of the influences that shape each genre.
Course Competencies
Competency 1:
The Student will demonstrate knowledge of the Humanities by:
a. Identifying perspectives, views and content of the Humanities
b. Relating those issues to specific art works
c. Recognizing the various forms that comprise the discipline
Competency 2:
The Student will demonstrate knowledge of terminology from each of
the Humanities areas by:
a. Recalling and defining selected terms which are essential for
understanding the subject matter
b. Relating those terms to specific artworks, genres, and artists
Competency 3:
The Student will demonstrate knowledge of the Humanities by:
a. Relating chosen major works to their creators, eras, and cultures
b. Describing the characteristics that determine those choices
Competency 4:
The Student will demonstrate knowledge of philosophers and their
thinking by:
a. Recognizing the tenets of their theories
b. Applying those tenets to societal issues
Competency 5:
The Student will demonstrate comprehension of facts and concepts
pertaining to the Humanities by:
a. Stating them in his or her own words
b. Relating those concepts to specific works, artists and genres
c. Identifying those concepts in specific works, artists and genres
d. Explaining specific works in each of these areas
Competency 6:
The Students will demonstrate application of knowledge of terms and
concepts by:
a. Relating this knowledge to an aesthetic or intellectual experience
b. Relating this knowledge to specific art works
MDC Learning Outcomes:
Learning experiences from this course will actively improve students’ abilities to:
1.
Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
2.
Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
3.
Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical
perspectives.
4.
Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
5.
Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.
II.
Teaching Strategies
This is a lecture/discussion course, which means students must complete all reading
assignments BEFORE coming to class. The nature of the course requires all students
to participate in class discussions. Reading assignments will be handed out in class or
assigned as internet research.
Audiovisual materials and supplemental reading materials will be used in the course
to supplement lectures.
Please Note: students should keep notes on all information from the videos and
lectures as they are supplementary to, not a repetition of, the textbook. Bring
your textbook to all classes unless specifically told otherwise.
Any material presented in the class including videos, lectures,
discussions, oral reports, and written materials is potentially
material that will appear on exams.
The following formats will be used in the classroom:
1. Formal lectures given by the instructor
2. Class discussions on selected, prepared topics
3. Guest Artists and Presenters
4. Oral presentations prepared by the students
5. Class field trips
III.
Evaluation, Attendance, and Writing Assignments
Two exams will be given: a mid-term and a final. Together the two exams will
represent 30% of the total grade for the semester (10% for the midterm and 20% for
the final). These may be composed of multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false,
short answer or essay and analysis questions.
Mid-Term Exam – February 26 during regular class time
Final Exam – April 30 at 8:25 AM
Midterm Exam dates may be shifted due to hurricanes, unexpected campus
activities, visits by guest artists, or other circumstances. Any changes of date will
be announced in class well in advance of the date. Final Exam dates are fixed by
Miami Dade College and cannot be changed by the instructor.
Artist Research/Oral presentation.
• All students will select a an artist, architect, or philosopher of merit, will
research his/her contributions and accomplishments, will research other artists
or movements that have been influenced by the selected individual, and will
present a five minute oral report to the class explaining the importance of the
selected individual and the depth of his/her contributions.
• The selection of subject matter must be approved by the instructor
• The textbook provides information on many artists, architects and
philosophers, but students are not limited to the textbook in making a
selection.
• Each student must select a different individual to avoid duplication of reports,
so selection is first come/first served. If you are interested in a particular
individual, submit your request early. Requests will be taken starting January
13. All selections must be submitted on or before January 30. Failure to
make a selection by January 30 will result in: 1) You will be assigned an
artist by the instructor 2) Your final grade for this assignment will be
reduced by one letter grade.
• Each student will give a five-minute oral presentation on the selected
individual. Providing examples of the individual’s work is a plus.
Impersonating the individual artist is also a plus.
• The oral presentation represents 10% of the final grade.
• Oral presentations are due on February 10 and February 12 (the
members of class will be divided between these two dates). You must
make your oral presentation on the date that is assigned to you. If you do
not show up on the date of your presentation, you will receive a grade of
“F” for the assignment.
Late Policy
Reports and written papers will not be accepted late. Simply not
showing up on the date of the presentation will result in a grade of “F” for the
assignment. If you have a true emergency, call or email the instructor. Makeup
presentations are entirely at the discretion of the instructor and will be granted
only if written documentation can be provided that covers a true emergency.
Extension Policy
Extensions may be granted on a limited basis strictly at the discretion of the
instructor. Requests for extensions must be made in writing (email is acceptable)
24 hours in advance of the due date and will not be accepted on the due date. A
student is eligible to receive only one extension per semester.
Email Submission of Papers
Written papers may be submitted by email. If submitted by email, they must be
received no later than 11:15 AM/2:05 PM on the due date in order to receive
credit.
Instructions for written papers will be provided in a separate handout.
Live performance attendance and critiques. Students must attend 2 live
professional dance/music/theater/opera performances or visual arts/architecture
exhibitions and write a 1,000 word critique on each of them. Because our class is a
humanities class, students must attend a fine arts (not a commercial or pop art) events.
Each of them must address a different discipline. A ticket stub and program book
must be turned in with each of the written critiques. Write your name on all ticket
stubs and program books in order to be sure that you will receive credit for attending!
10 points will automatically be deducted from the paper if the ticket stub and program
book do not accompany the paper. Staple the ticket stubs and program book to the
written paper. Students turning in papers via email must present the ticket stub and
program book during the class immediately following the date that the paper is due.
WRITE YOUR NAME ON THE TICKET STUB AND PROGRAM BOOK!
*The selection of performances/events must be approved by the instructor.
Each written critique represents 30% of the final grade. (15% each)
Free tickets and discounted tickets will be provided for selected performances
whenever possible. All MDC Live and New World School of the Arts dance
performances are acceptable for this assignment and are available free or for $5-$10
with your student ID. Miami Dade County’s Culture Shock student ticketing program
also provides for $5 tickets with valid student ID. Jazz at Wolfson performances are
free.
*If your personal schedule does not allow you to attend these performances, it is
strongly suggested that you drop Humanities, as attendance and accompanying
critiques are a requirement of the course! Watching performances on TV Youtube,
or video is not acceptable.
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Critique #1 due on or before February 19.
Critique #2 due on or before April 16
Critique Submission Policy
Critiques will not be accepted late! Any critique submitted after class is over on
the due date will receive a grade of F.
Extension Policy
Extensions may be granted on a limited basis strictly at the discretion of the
instructor. Requests for extensions must be made in writing (email is acceptable)
24 hours in advance of the due date and will not be accepted on the due date. A
student is eligible to receive only one extension per semester.
Email Submission of Critiques
Written papers may be submitted by email. If submitted by email, they must be
received no later than the end of class on the due date in order to receive full
credit.
Homework assignments: Homework will be assigned throughout the semester and
the due dates for each assignment will be given in class. However, there is an overall
homework assignment for the semester. Each student must attend three campus
presentations in the Humanities (events at other MDC campuses are acceptable
provided that they address the subject matter). These may include: dance, theater and
music performances, lectures on Humanities topics, visual …
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