Music Subject Guide

Suggested Resources

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)

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 Lower Level 1 in Leyburn Library (the Harte Center).