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Music: Writing Program Notes

A guide for students who are writing program notes for their recitals.

Getting Started

Before you begin writing your program note, it'll help to have some basic understanding of:

  • the composer(s) of the piece you're playing
  • the theory and compositional elements of the piece you're playing
  • the historical context of the piece
  • how the piece is generally performed

To get this information, try consulting the resources here. Remember, you can always make an appointment with the music librarian using the link below!

Background Sources