We often turn to reviews with a bottom-line attitude: thumbs-up or thumbs-down? In this course, we’ll consider that the purpose of a review is more to stimulate curiosity and inspire engagement with a track or album than it is to offer a verdict. We’ll examine templates we can use to fertilely comment upon music, including anecdotal, historical, and formalist approaches, and ways in which to combine and navigate multiple approaches. Examples will be provided and discussed. Participants will experiment with different formats and voices, articulating themes and nuances related to a variety of music. While this workshop will focus on music reviewing, we’ll be exploring content and techniques that have broad applicability, relevant to literary, film, and art reviewing as well. Note: This class meets 2 Thursdays: April 23 & 30.