MUFHL 300: Introduction to Music
The research paper will be on an important area relevant to the field of music and society/individual, related to what has been discussed in class and in the textbook.
The final product will be a 3-4 page paper, with an additional bibliography page, with copies of two scholarly journal articles (first and last pages of each). Thus, the final product will be 8-9 pages, submitted online (3-4 page paper, 1 page bibliography, two pages each journal article). At least six (6) different sources will be used to prepare the paper, but the two journal/news articles will be the basis of the paper with the four (4) additional sources providing additional support, examples, or “color.”
The assignment involves the completion of two steps:
1) Research Proposal (which you must turn in by email by week 8 of the full term course if you are even thinking about doing the research paper): 200 points
2) Research Paper: 1800 points
Total: 2000 points
Using your textbook as a guide, choose a topic within music that interests you.
Go to the library and find two (2) articles from the list belowrelated to your topic. Photocopy each article in its entirety, including all references. (DO NOT TEAR THE ARTICLES OUT OF THE JOURNALS!) or submit a link to an online site.
Recency Requirement: These articles must not be more than 5 years old.
Diversity Requirement: Articles must come from two (2) different sources and must be by two (2) different authors.
Choose your two articles from the list of journals and news sources below.
Rock and Popular Music Magazines
Billboard (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Downbeat: Jazz, Blues and Beyond (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Rolling Stone (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Spin (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Rock and Popular Music Journals
Journal of Popular Music Studies (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Popular Music (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Popular Music and Society (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
American Music: A Quarterly Journal Devoted to All Aspects of American Music and Music in America (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Journal of the Society for American Music (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
General News Publication
The New York Times (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Los Angeles Times (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Chicago Tribune (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
The New Yorker (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
The Atlantic (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
BBC Music Magazine (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Gramophone (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
If you think there is another source that would be appropriate for your subject, please clear it with me at least one (1) week prior to the proposal.
Research Paper Proposal:
For the first part of the assignment, you need to turn in your journal articles and a one-paragraph summary of the topic you intend to write on, with a bibliography (in correct form) identifying your two journal articles. Your submission will be returned to you with comments about your choice and suggestions for your term paper.
NOTE: Some of these articles are relatively long. To make it easier, you need only submit the first and last pages of the articles (that will tell me that you have the entire article, and not just a reference or an abstract of the article).
Remember to include:
Copy (or online link) of two (2) source articles in which you are interested—1stand last pages of the journal article. (Remember to ensure that they meet both the recency and diversity requirements.)
One paragraph summary of the topic (typed). (Please make it clear what your topic area is and its link to communication.)
References page (with the two professional journals cited in appropriate reference style: APA or MLA).
HINT: Get a style guide or go to online style guides. Try OWL at Purdue (http://www.owl.english.purdue.edu/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.), Diana Hacker’s website (http://www.dianahacker.com/writersreference (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) or Son of Citation Machine (http://www.citationmachine.net (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.).
Submit online through our CANVAS site.
Suggestion: Review the grade sheet for this to ensure that you’ve met all the requirements.
NOTE: You cannot change topics without prior approval; if approval is granted, you will need to resubmit your research proposal at least two weeks prior to the paper due date.
Content: Write a justification of your interest area as an important area relevant to the field of music, society, and the individual, why you choose the topic, a well-organized description of the articles (including the thesis, major arguments, and conclusions); compare and contrastthe articles; include your own critical opinion based on your readings and class lectures.
The two journal articles should be the basis of your paper. They should not be just thrown in as quotes to support your point of view (or the views of the other sources you are using). It’s the other way around: You describe the journal articles, provide your insights and support or show alternative views with additional research.
Sources: In additionto your two (2) journal articles that you submitted with your proposal, you will need to use at least four (4)additional sourcesrelated to the topic. They can be a mix of academic, peer-reviewed, or general interest articles, but NO WIKIPEDIA! Please make sure these are credible sources.
Document your sources (using the correct referencing style), making sure the reader is aware of the difference between your opinions and the opinions and ideas of your sources.
You may either use APA or MLA referencing style. Be consistent. Don’t cite some of your sources in APA and others in MLA. Don’t cite your footnotes (in-text citations) in one style and your references in the Works Cited (References) page in a different style.
Formatting: All papers must be typed/word processed and double spaced, 1” margin all around. Papers should be at least 1,000 words and no more than 1,500 words (approximately 3-4 pages). Please note that spelling, punctuation, clarity, citation accuracy, and style will influence the evaluation of your papers. PROOFREAD!
Remember to include:
Term paper – Ensure that it meets the requirements noted above.
References page – Include two professional journals and your 4+ additional sources (cited in appropriate reference style: APA or MLA).
Copy of two professional journal articles a topic of communication studies in which you are interested. (Again, first and last page works here.)
Meets all technical requirements (formatting, # of references, paper length, inclusion of journal articles, etc.).
Identification of an appropriate interest area, appropriately justified as an area relevant to the field of communication and society/individuals.
Completeness and accurateness of summaries of each journal article.
Well-organized, well-written, and thoughtful discussion, including comparison, contrast, and critique of the journal articles. Your analysis should be supporting a theme—not just a discussion of the two articles. Show how they connect/relate to each other. (NOTE: This is the most heavily-weighted criterion.)
Appropriate use of music terms.
Demonstration of understanding of topic area, cited research, etc.
Appropriate referencing style used consistently throughout (in-text citations and Works Cited/Bibliography/Reference page).
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