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Testing the Concert Rubric

As a teacher, I know that I can write the best lesson plan on paper.  I can include some great, engaging activities with a solid assessment to measure learning.  Rubrics can look good on paper but fall far short when they are actually used and applied against actual assignments.  Therefore, today’s blog focuses on actually using the Duran Duran concert rubric that was created yesterday.  If you need to know what I’m talking about, read yesterday’s blog post here.

The purpose of the rubric is to determine how great a Duran show was.  Theoretically, it should help pick out the subtle or sometimes, not-so-subtle differences between shows.  Theoretically.  Let’s use it to compare the two most recent shows in the Washington DC area over New Year’s.  I wrote reviews of those shows, which you can read about here and here.  In my opinion, the New Year’s Day was a better show than the New Year’s Eve show.  If I use the rubric, will it match my initial assessment?

New Year’s Eve Show:

Seat Location–I would give that a 4.  We were in the 6th row, center with a clear view of the stage.

Crowd–If you read those reviews, you know how unhappy the crowd made me that night.  There were far too many empty seats and a ton of people sitting in that front center section to give it anything above a 2.

Sound–Generally, the band performed decently but it wasn’t the best sound I ever heard as far as venue acoustics goes.  There were some missed lyrics and they were clearly off in the beginning during Paper Gods.  I would give it a 2.5.

Company–I was definitely with a totally awesome person and loved seeing old friends and meeting new ones.  That said, Rhonda was absent.  I would give that category a 4.

Location–I love Washington DC in terms of ease of getting around and having plenty to do outside of going to the concert.  Yet, I don’t really think of it as a big party city.  Again, I would give that a 4.

Venue–I wrote a lot about the various criticism I had with the MGM National Harbor in general and the theater within.  I won’t get into all of that again here.  I give it a 2.

Setlist–The setlist was basically the same as it has been.  We did not get Sunrise/New Moon on Monday, though.  This equals a 2.5

Interactions–There were some interactions between the band and the audience.  Definitely.  Let’s just say that if I ever hear Simon mentioned twerking again, it will be too soon.  Decent interactions on stage as well.  I would give it a 4.

Energy Level–As I mentioned in my initial review, the band’s energy level seemed down.  I’m not sure if that was due to the sad state of the crowd or what.  I would give it a 2.

Any Extras–Nothing exciting to report on that front.  That said, Nick was back!

Total–27

New Year’s Day Show:

Obviously, there will be some scores that are the same since this show happened as the same venue as the previous show.

Seating Location–Our seats were slightly better for this show.  I would give it a 4.5.

Crowd–As I stated in the original review, the crowd was much better for this show.  I saw far less empty seats and everyone in my area was up and dancing.  I would give it a 4.

Sound–Acoustics from the venue were the same but band seemed right on for this show.  Probably worth a 3.5.

Company–Same as previous show.  Still a 4.

Location–Still a 4.

Venue–I would actually give it a 2.5.  The venue didn’t improve but at least I didn’t have to see the band leave the stage for the Carson Daly countdown like I did on New Year’s Eve.

Setlist–This slightly improved by having Sunrise/New Moon back in the set.  I give it a 3.

Interactions–Interactions between band and audience was still solid as was the interactions on stage.  I score it a 4.

Energy Level–The band had a lot more energy for this show!  John Taylor bounced around a lot, for example!  It was a definite 4.

No extras to report.

Total–33.5

Based on the these shows, the rubric seems to work.  It clearly shows that one show was better than the other.  Have any of you tried the rubric?  Did it work for you?

-A

Duran Duran Concert Rubric

Last weekend, I wrote a little blog, which you can read here, but devising a method to determine the quality of Duran Duran concerts.  As a teacher, I create and use rubrics or charts to determine the quality of students’ performances on a task all the time.  I would apply this same skill to Duran Duran concerts to figure out how awesome each one was.  I considered various elements of the concert experience, including sound, people I was with, venue, seating location, band’s energy level, etc.  Beyond that, I would also add points for experiences that go beyond the concert itself.  This list includes meeting band members, getting a drumstick and more.  It would also consider removing points for missing band members.

Today, I created such a rubric.  Typically, I hope to fit a rubric on one side of one piece of paper in order to staple it easily to an assignment.  For this rubric, I could not fit in on one page.  I squeezed it onto two pages.  While I consider this rubric a draft, it feels pretty solid to me.  That said, I welcome feedback.

Before I post the rubric, I want to preface it with what I’m about to say in order to minimize the criticism I expect to receive.  I suspect that many fans reading this blog post or looking at the rubric will say this, “Duran Duran concerts are ALL AWESOME!  They are all perfect and cannot be judged like this!”  While I recognize Duran Duran’s greatness as evidenced by maintaining this daily blog for over six years, I acknowledge that some shows are greater than others.  Everyone can have an off day or an off performance.  Goodness knows that I do.  Some days I’m the best teacher ever.  Others I kinda suck.  It happens.  We are human.  They are human.

Besides, this is just for FUN!  I repeat this is just for FUN!  It is not intended to be taken super seriously.  I’m not criticizing Duran Duran or their performances.  If I thought they sucked, I would stop going.  I feel just the opposite.  In fact, there is no place I would rather be and cannot wait for my upcoming shows in March.  Without further ado, I give you the Duran Duran Concert Rubric!

 

Obviously, there is a lot of writing on this rubric and the conversation to JPEG made the writing tiny.  Therefore, I recommend printing the rubric for use.

What do you think?  Did I miss something?  What needs to be explained better?  Clearer?

-A

Determining the Best Concert!

A funny thing happens when two teachers go to concerts together.  They find themselves talking about the qualities that make a good concert like they would discuss a child’s homework at school.  This literally happened last weekend as my friend, Nat, and I sat at a restaurant eating a meal.  Both of us teach for a living.  While I wrangle those obnoxious, smart ass teenagers, she develops the minds of little ones in Kindergarten.  That said, education is education so we both can talk the talk, which led us to think about how best to evaluate concerts like we do at work.

In the education field, teachers create what are called rubrics, a chart used to evaluate a student’s performance on a certain activity. Here is one for example that I found online:

As you can tell from this picture, this is a rubric for a writing activity with 5 categories for the teacher to judge:  introduction, conclusions, information gathering, summary, and grammar.  Then, from there, each of those categories are judged from the best quality, which would equal a 4 to the worst which would equal a 1.

So, would it be possible to create a rubric to determine the quality of a show?  Nat and I would say, “Yes!  Definitely!”  For our concert rubric, there would be more than just 5 categories.  Here’s what we came up with off the top of our heads:

  • Seat location
  • Crowd
  • Sound/Acoustics of venue
  • Company/People You Went to the Show with
  • Location of the Show (City/State/Country)
  • Venue (including all factors from bars to security to layout)
  • Setlist (including length of setlist and song choices)
  • Interactions between band and audience
  • Interactions between band members
  • Energy level of band

Now, what did we leave out?  What did we forget?  I suspect that some of you might be wondering about those shows in which you might get a setlist or drumsticks or get to shake hands with a band member or get a meet and greet.  What about those shows?  I guess I would give extra points for those experiences.  Maybe those really special extras need to be ranking as well.  That could be fun.

Do we include other circumstances like traveling?  How easy it was to get there?  How fun the journey was?  Traffic?  Weather?  Cost???  What really matters when it comes to show quality?

I am sure that many of you out there are saying things like…Duran Duran shows are always perfect!  While I would agree that there is no better place in the world to be, I can acknowledge that other factors can play a role to make a show fabulous or just good.  I will also point out that this is just for fun.  Again, I repeat this would be just for FUN!  I think this would be a fun way to talk about shows that I have been to but also the ones that I’m going to.  It also acknowledges that everyone’s concert experience is slightly different even if they have been to the same show.

I plan on working to create such a thing, but I want to make sure that I have included all factors.  Then, I want to know if some of those factors matter more than others.  For example, should seat location be worth more points than band interactions with the audience?  Should the setlist be higher than the location of the venue?  Your feedback is requested on that front as well.  Once I go through all the feedback, I’ll come up with a draft, post it on a blog and adjust the draft as necessary.  Then, we can use it!

-A