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Each student, in consultation with the instructor, will choose a musical repertoire or genre and prepare a Research Paper and Presentation.

October 11, 2014| Papers Haven

Each student, in consultation with the instructor, will choose a musical repertoire or genre and prepare a Research Paper and Presentation. How does the repertoire you’ve chosen relate to issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, or other definers of identity? Bear in mind that while lyrics and performance are important, you must address musical issues as well. Cite 3-4 scholarly articles using MLA style formatting as your resources for the background paper.

Provide a listening example of the genre that can be played by your classmates. Include lyrics, if your music has lyrics, and some guide or explanation of the music itself that guides the listeners through the performance. Videos found online may be used if the video enhances or explains the music in some way. If a video of the performance is used, a listening guide should be provided as well.
Submit your Research Paper Topic to the Dropbox no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module
2.
Submit your Research Paper to the Dropbox no later than Sunday 11:59 PM EST/EDT of Module 7. (This Dropbox basket is linked to Turnitin.)
In addition to the Research Paper, you will also be creating a presentation (including a playlist) for your fellow classmates to read and hear. In the Module 7 Discussion Board, you will post a brief description of your project and attach the Research Paper and Presentation (including music sample).
PURPOSE:
[To Persuade your Reading Audience of a Convincing Position] Using the QEP guidelines, establish why you chose the genre or style of music that you are describing, and what it represents in our culture.
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Identification of purpose is vague and/or does not elaborate/ exemplify the purpose.

Clearly identifies the purpose of the writing, with only limited elaboration /exemplification.

Clearly identifies the purpose of the writing using elaboration/exemplification and/or the vocabulary of the discipline (if appropriate).

QUESTION AT ISSUE:
Your thesis statement should IMPLY a guiding research question, e.g. Are the extreme examples of sexual and violent lyrics in later Hip Hop music a result of the commercialization of the genre, or an authentic expression of the composer/performers’ experience?
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Question is not stated or is not defined. An attempt to elaborate/exemplify is vaguely outlined. Question is not informed by the vocabulary of the discipline.
Clarifies the question through limited elaboration/ exemplification.
Clarifies the question through elaboration/ exemplification. Question incorporates the language of the discipline.

ASSUMPTIONS:
Assumptions are part of many creative products – sometimes a creative product deliberately goes against society’s assumptions. Identify any assumptions that are part of the music genre that you chose. Avoid making sweeping generalizations or blanket statements that would represent an inappropriate use of assumptions.
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
States assumptions without analysis. Relies on questionable assumptions
Writing explicitly acknowledges the assumptions of the work, and grounds these assumptions in a larger context (e.g., cultural background, gender)
Writing explicitly addresses the assumptions of the work and grounds these assumptions in a larger context (e.g., cultural background, gender). Includes in depth analysis of the assumptions based on the discipline

IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES:
After analyzing the cultural context, what conclusions can be drawn? Generally speaking, your paper should not promote a neutral stance, i.e. Madonna’s music represents a reversal of the cultural norm in the role of women in American society in the following ways…
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Identification of implications and/or consequences are vague and do not show
Identifies the implications of the position taken in the writing assignment and extends this to identify potential
Identifies the implications of the position taken in the assignment, extends this to identify potential consequences of these implications,
consequences of these implications
and assesses the likelihood of various consequences

INFORMATION:
Because we are focusing on analysis and critique, these written assignments rely primarily on information provided by you and NOT on outside source. The information that is obtained from outside sources should be cited appropriately using MLA style. Use scholarly articles – not information that cannot be verified.
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Information used is incomplete, incorrect, or biased.
Information used comes from reliable sources and is appropriate to the issue being addressed.
Information used comes from reliable sources within the discipline, is appropriate to the issue being addressed, and presents a coherent, clear picture of the issue.

CONCEPTS:
Several concepts should be CLEARLY stated in your introduction: Describe the social, economic, and philosophic paradigms that are behind the music that you chose to write about. Do not give opinions that are not backed up by other sources, and/or the cultural context of the music.
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Concepts are identified, but not clearly defined. No attempt to elaborate/ exemplify.
Some concepts are clearly defined using elaboration/ exemplification.
All relevant concepts are clearly defined elaboration/ exemplification.

CONCLUSIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS:
Your conclusions (the deductions of your analysis that have led you to your thesis) should not appear to be foregone (inevitable) ones, e.g. “the music has a good beat and makes me want to dance” with no further explanation. Also, your conclusions should not be supported only by subjective bias, e.g. “I like upbeat music, therefore it is better than slower, meditative music.” It should appear to the reader that you have tried your best to present fair evidence for your critique of the genre.
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Conclusions and interpretations are stated, but are not linked to information and/or may be based on bias or prejudice.
Conclusions are stated in recognition of information, assumptions, and consequences.
Conclusions are stated in recognition of information, assumptions, and consequences. Conclusions and interpretations are identified and distinctions are made between information and interpretations of information.

POINTS OF VIEW:
Try to address the weaknesses in your arguments, i.e., acknowledge other possibilities that any opponents to your stance will likely posit as a retort. Remember too that any form of stereotyping—on your part—or bias based on gender, age, class, culture, ethnicity, or belief system demonstrates a limited point-of-view and should be avoided. However, it is appropriate to point out how limited points of view have been used by the “messenger” of the text in the text’s message (e.g. whose point of view is presented in the songs of Stephen Foster?).
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Acknowledges existence of more than one point of view, but considers only one.
More than one point of view is explained, including the point(s) of view of the discipline.
More than one point of view is explained, including the point(s) of view of the discipline. Points of view are evaluated for relevance to this particular assignment..

SLU CORE VALUES:
The SLU Core Values are PRICER: Personal Development, Responsible Stewardship, Integrity, Community, Excellence, and Respect. in your student guidebook, and in your undergraduate course catalog. Be sure to cite which source you use for your definition (they appear in slightly different forms in different sources).
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
Core value(s) implied but not specifically addressed in the writing.
Core value(s) are addressed with relevance stated, but not integrated throughout the critical thinking elements.
Core value(s) are addressed with relevance stated, and are integrated throughout the critical thinking elements.

DECISION-MAKING:
In this assignment, your ultimate “decision” (drawn ideally from conventional critical thinking techniques and the SLU core values) is represented as a thesis/position statement in your introduction and conclusion, e.g. “Death Metal music gives America’s youth an appropriate/or inappropriate outlet for violent emotions in a relatively controlled atmosphere (that of the concert venue), and as such provides a harmless (or harmful) cathartic experience for the fans/audience.
Missing: 0 Inadequately Addressed: 8 pts. Adequately Addressed: 9 pts. Expertly Addressed: 10 pts.
The decision made is based only on some of the information presented.
The decision made is based on the culmination of most steps to critical thinking
The decision made is based on the culmination of all the steps to critical thinking and explicitly
and addresses the core values.
addresses the role of core values along with the values of the discipline.

 

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