Final Project Process Paper

Write a short paper (5-6 pages) that describes and evaluates your final project. Consider in your writing both the process and the product.  Give special attention to how you used music in your work.   

The following questions offer a guide to your reflection. Take time to integrate your answers into a coherent essay, rather than simply listing a response to each question.

What problem or challenge did you set for yourself?
How did you approach this problem/challenge in the studio?
How did the project and its goals evolve during the process?
What aspects of choreographic craft did you take into consideration in making your work (e.g. phrasing, spacing, levels, variations, contrast, tempo, rhythms, etc.)?  How did you shape your movement in time and space? 

What technical musical features played an important role in your selection (or creation) of a piece of music (form? meter? texture? timbre? phrase lengths? etc.)

How did you engage in building a relationship with your music?

What strategies worked well in this particular creative process? What did not work well?
How would you define and carry out your next choreographic project differently based on your experiences with this project? What would you do the same?

How effective was the final product in meeting your goals?

How did music and dance interact in your piece?  Describe the music/dance relationship in some detail, using, where relevant, musical language learned in our Wednesday classes.
What would you say were the most successful aspects of your piece? What would you say were its weaknesses?
What would you change if you were to continue working on this piece?
What projects does this one inspire you to pursue in the future?

What did your work communicate? Find out what audience members thought, felt, and noticed when watching your piece.
What features of your work did they cite as the root of these thoughts, feelings, etc.?
What did they find confusing?
What questions did they ask you?
Solicit responses from as many audience members as possible. Ask them questions to help them be specific about what they thought/felt/observed. Try not to reveal your choreographic intentions right away in the conversation, so you have a chance to see where their thoughts went on their own.

How does the information you glean from audience members compare with your goals for the work? What surprises you?

Due: At or before our final class meeting on Friday December 7 at 1:30pm


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