Music Subject Guide

Suggested Resources


Welcome to the research guide for Music. This guide will help you find research resources available through the University Library. For assistance, please contact Alston Cobourn, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

How To Write an Academic Paper

Writing a Critical Reaction Paper

Writing in the Disciplines: Music

A critical reaction essay is an informative study of a musical performance. An effective performance report:

  • Analytically captures how music is actualized in a concert setting
  • Incorporates technical musical vocabulary to succinctly examine the concert repertoire
  • Includes your own impression, as a member of the audience, of the performance


(from the University of Richmond)

Picking Your Topic

Writing Assistance

W&L students have access to tutorial assistance with their writing.

Writing Center    Peer tutors offer "individual tutorial assistance to students on any college writing task, from papers and lab reports in any stage of completion to resumes and application essays."   Located on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library.

Research Help

Need help with your research?  Contact the Music Department's library liaison, Research & Outreach Librarian Emily K. Cook to set up an appointment.  You can also drop by Leyburn Library's Research Helpdesk.