An artist’s perspective can help an audience appreciate better the works and interpretation they are about to hear. Therefore, program notes are a requirement for all performance projects, with the exception of vocal quick study and repertoire exams.
Things to Consider:
- Program notes should therefore be concise, clear, engaging, and informative.
- In the jazz area, where the artist in many cases also is the composer, the program notes should focus on the musical elements of the work and the compositional process.
- The target audience is educated, but not necessarily musically knowledgeable.
- The audience will be interested in your sources of inspiration, musical or else.
- The words and ideas of others should be acknowledged.
- Write in a consistent writing style and carefully proofread your work.
- Refine your writing techniques with the assistance of GRAPHOS .
Deadline: Submit three weeks before the recital project date in PDF form to graduatestudies.music [at] mcgill.ca
Required: For all recital projects (including Opera roles) and recording projects.
- Program notes should not exceed four pages of length.
- Notes should be typed, using 12-point font, and standard margins!
- Title Information: See Style Guide.
- For Recordings: Submit as Liner notes, with each track of the recording clearly labeled.
Grading: Evaluated on a Pass/Fail basis. If you receive more than 1 failing grade, you will be asked to redo the notes.