A 10 pages music history research paper due in 16 hours, music major


Research & Reflect Project: Bringing Music of the Past into the Present 

Project Description 

For your written project this semester, you will be asked to research and reflect on the following question: How is music of the past relevant in today’s world? For this class, we will define “music of the past” as any aspect of music dating from Antiquity to 1750, and “today’s world” as the world during your lifetime. You are free to focus on what you personally relate to and see as most relevant to the present. 

Your goals will be:
-to learn more about a specific area of music history through research -to write a coherent and convincing paper
-to relate academic work to your personal experiences and/or interests -to think creatively about history 

a)-Research (50%)
Choose one specific area of music from Antiquity to 1750 that you find most interesting and perceive to be relevant in today’s world. Then research that specific area of early music to the point that you can discuss it accurately in 5 pages of your paper. DO NOT research repertory in NAWM–this is your opportunity to explore beyond what is covered in class! 

Suggested Topic Categories: Note that for each category, you will need to narrow your focus to one or two specific examples from before 1750.
–music sponsorship and/or entrepreneurship
–music and technology 

–musical notation or transmission –music and politics or propaganda –music and religious reform –music and ritual or piety 

–music and emotions
–music and other art forms
–performance practices or conventions
–a musical event or venue
–a musical ensemble or organization
–a compositional technique or expressive device –a pedagogical method
–a theoretical principle
–a musical philosophy or idea 

The possibilities are limitless! Don’t hesitate to meet with me if you need help focusing your interests or simply brainstorming. 

b)-Personal Reflection (50%)
Reflect on how the pre-1750 area of music you have researched is relevant in today’s world. This portion of your paper should consist of your personal ideas and observations, not research. You are free to interpret “today’s world” from any perspective, such as: a personal 


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experience or interest, an aspect of your anticipated musical career, an aspect of the local community or your “home” environment, world events or issues (from your lifetime), a trend in present-day society, a music scene or venue you identify with, a particular use or style of music, etc. As you express your ideas in 5 pages of your paper, be sure to organize your thoughts logically and to connect them as clearly as possible to the material you have researched. Try to focus on one or two main ideas, which you can develop into a coherent statement that includes specific examples

A few strategies you might consider:
–Discuss a parallel phenomenon (e.g.: compare a medieval ruler’s use of music for political purposes to the use of music in a recent political campaign)
–Examine an earlier concept that has persisted to the present (e.g.: an expressive device used by a Renaissance composer and your favorite pop singer)
–Think about how people experience early music today (e.g.: present-day performances of an earlier work—who’s performing, who’s listening, performance venues, accessibility and transmission, etc.) 

These are just a few suggestions. Be creative! 


2-Research & Reflect Paper: 10 numbered pages in 12-point font Times or Times New Roman and double-spaced + Bibliography with a minimum of 5 sources (due by Tuesday, Nov 7, noon), letter grade
Submit a 10-page paper discussing your research findings on music before 1750 (50%) and expressing your personal thoughts on how the topic you researched relates to today’s world (50%). You are free to organize your paper as you wish, so long as you conform to the following criteria: 

Research your topic thoroughly by consulting reputable, specialized books and articles from scholarly journals in addition to dictionaries, encyclopedias, source readings, and scores. Your research must draw from at least 5 sources directly relevant to the pre-1750 example(s) you have chosen. Avoid sources published before 1960 as well as book reviews. –Provide a brief introductory paragraph in which you state the purpose of your paper (your thesis statement) 

–End with a brief conclusion summarizing your most important points
–Organize your material logically, inserting subheadings where appropriate
–Make sure to distinguish clearly between your personal opinion (by using first-person “I”, for example) and information you have acquired from an external source (by citing frequently in footnote format all the sources you have consulted for any ideas that are not your own). Failure to cite your sources accurately constitutes plagiarism.
–Format your footnotes and bibliography according to Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th ed. (Chicago and London: Chicago University Press, 2013) available in the Music Library: LB2369 .T8 2013 (on reserve). Be sure to also consult the Citations Guides posted on Blackboard. These include specific examples (such as online sources and scores) that will help you format your footnotes and bibliography quickly and correctly.
–Format your document according to standard conventions (1-inch margins, double spacing, 12- point font Times or Times New Roman, numbered pages)
–Submit 2 copies of your paper: a hard copy (submitted in class, or to me personally), and an electronic copy (submitted to Safe Assignment on Blackboard). I will post instructions for Safe Assignment submissions on the Announcements page on Blackboard before your paper is due. 

Grading Criteria 

Your paper will be evaluated (with a letter grade) according to the following:
–your writing and research abilities (clarity and accuracy) with sufficient attention to detail in your research findings
–the coherency and creativity of your ideas and how effectively you express them
–how accurately you connect your personal thoughts to your research
–proper formatting and organization (according to the criteria listed above) 

3-Optional Revision (due by Friday, Dec 1, noon), for a better letter grade
If you choose to revise your paper for a better grade, please follow up on all the comments you received on your original paper (which you need to resubmit with your revision). You will be evaluated on how accurately you implemented my specific suggestions and improved your paper overall. 


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Research Tips
NB: Book reviews, interviews, and lecture notes are not appropriate for this project. Sources should consist of scholarship published after 1960. If you must use a pre-1960 publication, you are required to obtain Dr. Saucier’s permission. 

DO NOT use Wikipedia as a source: entries in this open-access encyclopedia are extremely unreliable and can change entirely from one day to the next. (Anyone can modify an entry, so don’t run the risk of citing false information!) 

For music history information, composer biographies, and musical terms start by consulting the books on reserve in the Music Library (https://lib.asu.edu/access/reserves)
as well as The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd ed. [ML100 .N48 2001 (reference)] and Grove Music Online http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu/ 

For general information on history (not music) start by consulting: –Encyclopedia Britannica, http://academic.eb.com.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu –Gale Virtual Reference Library, http://libguides.asu.edu/galevirtual 

For scores, start by consulting the following anthologies, on reserve in the Music Library: Middle Ages
Anthology for Music in the Medieval West (New York: W. W. Norton, 2014) 

[ML172 .F37 2014 Suppl.]
-Sarah Fuller, The European Musical Heritage, 800-1750 

[M2 .E9 1987 and MT91 .E97 2006]
Music of the Middle Ages: An Anthology, edited by David Fenwick Wilson 

[MT6.5 .M9 1990] 


Anthology of Renaissance Music, edited by Allan Atlas [MT91 .A58 1998] –Anthology for Music in the Renaissance, ed. Richard Freedman (New York: W. W. 

Norton, 2013) [ML172 .F742 2013] 


Anthology for Music in the Baroque, ed. Wendy Heller [ML193 .H44 2014] 

Music of the Baroque: An Anthology of Scores, ed. David Schulenberg [MT91 .M87 2001 and 2008] 

For source readings, start by consulting the following collections, on reserve: -Oliver Strunk, ed., Source Readings in Music History [ML160 .S89 1998b]
-Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin, eds. Music in the Western World: A History in Documents [ML160 .M865 1984 and 2008] 

For recent articles and essays, consult these electronic resources, accessible through the Research Databases on the ASU Libraries website (libguides.asu.edu/az.php):
-RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
-Music Periodicals Database 


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-Music Index Online
-Iter Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
-WorldCat (catalogue of North-American publications)
-JSTOR (but do NOT use this database as a research tool, simply use it to access articles) 

Writing Tips 

Students may wish to consult the ASU Writing Center for help with their writing, in person or online: https://tutoring.asu.edu/student-services/writing-centers