Extra Credit Composer Report
Due: December 2, 2011
Counts as major assessment
Select a classical composer from the quartet you are studying or from our current repertoire:
Handel, Tchaikovsky, Dittersdorf, Schubert
Each composer report will have a minimum of four paragraphs. Each paragraph needs to be at least five sentences long.
Title page composer’s full name, your name
1st paragraph Describe the early years of this composer (where born, parents, describe family life, where
2nd paragraph Detail the musical training of this composer (first teachers, later teachers, where studied
academically, jobs in music)
3rd paragraph List the major works of this composer and types of music composed (choral, piano, orchestra,
string quartet, etc.)
4th paragraph Depict the later years and death of this composer. Include the legacy of this composer (i.e. was
this composer famous in his/her time or did he/she die relatively unknown. What did people
think of his/her works after death)
Bibliography list your sources of information. You must use a minimum of 2 books (approved by Mrs.
Lambson) and only 2 internet sources. Your papers will be checked for plagiarism. If it is
detected, you will get a zero for your grade.
20 points 15 points 10 points 5 points No credit
Facts Each paragraph Paragraphs Paragraphs Paragraphs Nothing is
contains five contain only four contain only 3 contain only 1-2 written
sentences sentences sentences sentences
Content Sentences are Poor sentence Nothing is
composition complete and structure. Barely written
Neatness and Paper is typed on Paper is not Nothing is
Spelling 8 ½ x 11 paper. typed. Three or written
Only one - two more miss-
spelling errors spelled words
Title Page and Title page present Nothing is
Bibliography – 5 points written
present – 5 points
Report to be given on this date:____________________
You will tell the class the findings about your composer. You will be the teacher during this time. You will deliver all
the information from your report, maintaining as much eye contact with the class as possible. This means you need to
know your report so well that you do not read it. It also means that you must use 3 X 5 cards for your facts. No report-
size papers will be permitted. You will also share one musical work by this composer. Selection should not be longer
than ten minutes (If you have concerns about this limit, consult with teacher). Listen to this piece enough times to create
a “map” of the composition. A copy of this map will be turned in to the teacher on the day of your report. You may put
the map on the board or make individual copies to hand out to each student. The class should follow along with the
musical map with you pointing the way.
20 points 15 points 10 points 5 No credit
Presentation All the facts were Most of the facts Some facts were Few facts were No facts were
given. Student were given. given. given. given about
presented these Presentation was Presentation was Presentation put composer.
facts in an adequate. Student rather dull. class to sleep.
interesting and stumbled over a Student was hard Student was
coherent manner few words to understand barely audible.
much of the time
Eye contact Presenter Presenter hardly No eye contact
maintained eye made eye contact was made at all
contact most of with the class
Listening map A readable and Listening map No listening map
accurate listening was confusing provided
Musical work An appropriate No musical work
work by this provided