Music Performance & Music EnsembleHow to assess popular music performance Chris Baker www.musicstudentinfo.com
Grading your Group PerformancesCan we assess popular music performance?Is it possible?Is it just subjective?Definition: based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes,or opinions: his views are highly subjective | there is always thedanger of making a subjective judgment
Lets define the termsPopular liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by aparticular person or groupPerformance an act of staging or presenting a play, concert, orother form of entertainment
Well, presentation is a key factorWhat else do we look for?Be specificGive examples
How will my forthcoming performances begraded & assessed ?Grading Criteria are key factorsThey are on your assignments sheetsLook at the assignments section of www.musicstudentinfo.comTake a close lookTarget these criteriaThe most successful students target these criteria
In Music Performance marking we draw ongrading criteria & the following factors
They can be divided into several areasHere is an easy clue
What we hearBalance Are all sound sources appropriately audible?Cohesion Do they produce a convincing overall sound?Signs of rehearsal Does it sound like they have put in thenecessary preparation to make this sound?
What we hear cont.Common intent Do they sound like they are working towardsthe same ends?Pacing Is there some sense of organised change and growth?Confidence are they comfortable with what they are doing?
What else might we look for in yourperformances?Here is a more abstract clue
Yes, what we seePhysical presence:What they wear and their physical attributesHow they stand also, in relation to the audienceWhere they stand in relation to each other and the audience
What we see cont.Their physical relationship with their instrument(s) individuallyand collectivelyIf movement is featured, is it consistent/engaging/ appropriate?
Projection/communicationIs their relationship to the audience consistent and convincing?What techniques do they use to relate to their audience?Is their audience appropriate?
Projection & Communication cont.Is the (band projected) space between them and the audienceappropriate/comfortableIs there any sense that dramatic elements are being drawnupon?
& Other ElementsAs you develop as performers you may choose to incorporateOther elements such as:Appropriate lightingVisual effects smoke, etc.Video screens and their imagesNon-sound producing people involved in the presentationdancers, characters, etc.