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Choose one music piece from the list below:
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1.Claude Debussy
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Clair de Lune
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2.Arvo Part ”
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Spiegel em Spiegel
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3.Robert Johnson ”
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Walking Blues
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4. Jimi Hendrix ”
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All Along the WatchtowerBillie Holiday ”
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Strange Fruit (Links to an external site.)
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5. Nina Simone ”
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Feeling Good (Links to an external site.)
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6.Leslie Gore ”
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You Don’t Own Me (Links to an external site.)
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7. Macklemore ”
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Same Love (Links to an external site.)
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8. Lady Gaga ”
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Born This Way (Links to an external site.)
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9. Public Enemy ”
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Fight the Power (Links to an external site.)
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10. Leon Bridges ”
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Sweeter (Links to an external site.)
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11. Woody Guthrie ”
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This Land is Your Land
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You may also choose your own song not from this list, but you will want to make sure that the song carries a significant message and can be used for the describe, contextualize, and analyze sections of the prompt. Ideally you reach out and let me know ahead of time.
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Describe the piece of music using at least four elements of music (example: tempo, rhythm, melody, harmony, tone, etc). Aim to define the element itself and then provide description of how it is appearing in the musical piece. This is your opportunity to describe the song pretending like your reader has never heard it before.
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Contextualize the piece of music by first describing its musical genre and then explaining the time period from which this song emerged, being sure to identify specific features of the genre during that time. (For instance, if you chose a punk song from the 1990s, you would want to describe punk in the 1990s (as opposed to the late 70s when it first emerged), the concerns of punk music in the 90s, the style of punk music in the 90s, and how the song fits into those concerns and represents a typical punk song from the 90s.)
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You must use at least one researched source (from outside of class). Sources from class may also be used additionally, as needed. You may include some biographical information about the artist, but this paragraph is less about the artist’s biography and more about the artistic movement of which the artist is a part.
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Analyze the piece of music by applying the musical elements, the context, and the lyrics (if applicable) to determine the artist’s overall message/purpose of the piece, and how it serves as an example of the genre. Your analysis should be where it all comes together, and your audience understands why this musical piece is an important part of history and helps listeners to connect with and understand others.
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If you need further help on structure:
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–>1. Introduction
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For your introduction, you will want to introduce your readers to the musical piece. What is the name of the piece, who created it, around what time period (or specific date) was it created, what musical movement is it part of? Aim to develop this part so that your readers are interested in reading more. The last sentence of your introduction, the thesis statement, will essentially answer the question: What is this song’s message and how does it reflect the era in which it was created? (Pro-tip: If you get stuck starting here, I’d recommend moving on to the other paragraphs, starting in the middle, and coming back up to the top of the first page to create your intro at the end!).
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2. Describe
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Use formal criticism here (look only at the song). Provide a thorough description of the piece. You should refer to at least four musical elements to describe your selected piece of music. Define the element and then describe the element in the musical piece in detail: When you describe, give as much detail as possible about the work you are listening to. Imagine your reader has never heard the work you are describing.
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3. Contextualize
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Use contextual criticism here (go beyond the song.) Learn about the artistic movement during the time this piece was created. Connect the musical work to a specific historical era/time period that it comes from. Name the era. What was going on in the world at that time? How are those ideas or events apparent in the work? For instance, if you are writing about contemporary music such as blues, explain why it fits into the general blues style, what the blues artists (past and more recent) were concerned with, and the qualities that make it a blues song. For your research, you will need to include a secondary source.
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I encourage you to use the college library databases for your research. To keep this consistent with college-level research criteria, avoid using Wikipedia as a source (you can start there to gather some background information and explore its references, but then move on to more academic sources). You are free to use articles, books, websites, documentaries, etc. Make sure your sources are academically credible. Your purpose in this section is to find out more about the work, the artist, his or her other works, the time, and what the critics think.
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4. Analyze
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Formal + Contextual=Analysis. Based on your critiques so far, suggest a possible meaning or message of the musical piece. Some questions to ask yourself: Is there a dominant impression you get from this piece and why? Does it send a particular message and why? For example, if it seems to be sad, what makes it so, and which elements is it using to convey that? Is it the use of tempo, the melody? What are the lyrics saying? Refer to the musical elements in conjunction with what you’ve learned about the musical movement and history at that time to help you uncover the message. Explain why this musical piece is an important part of history and helps listeners to connect with and understand others.
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5. Conclude
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In a one-paragraph conclusion, wrap up your ideas in a broad overview one last time, returning to your thesis and recapturing the main points. Bonus: End with a quick list of recommendations for songs from that same time period.
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More Details to Consider
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Giving credit where credit is due: If you do outside research or get help, please cite it. Otherwise you run the risk of plagiarism. Provide both in-text citations and a works cited page. If you are unsure about how to do this,check out this resource. (Links to an external site.)
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Formatting: Use MLA format (Links to an external site.) for your essay, including a works cited page. (Links to an external site.) Check out our MLA resources page for more information on MLA formatting.
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Writing: Proofread your work carefully and organize ideas clearly. Be sure to integrate quotes and source materials clearly and effectively into your papers. Let me know if you have any questions or could use any help

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