Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

The Live Musical Performance

MUS- Z 100 / 3 Cr.

Examines the approach to attending live performances of music (large ensembles, chamber ensembles, solo recitals, and other multimedia performances). Students attend live performances and discuss music performance by genre to develop critical listening skills.

1. To be able to listen to all types of music with greater understanding, appreciation and enjoyment.

2. To be able to use basic music terminology and concepts correctly to describe what you hear.

3. To use facts about musical time periods (composers, styles, trends, conventions, and sociocultural aspects of the time) to provide context for contemporary performance.

4. To be able to constructively critique a live performance from many different perspectives.


1. Have experienced five different types of concerts.

2. Have evaluated at least five concert venues for accessibility, safety, and sound quality.

3. Have written five reviews including cold review, venue review, performer review, historical review, and general review.

4. Read critiques by local and national critics, and discussed the various writing styles.

5. Learned to research particular pieces, performers, venues, and use the resulting reference material in their critiques.