Music Analytical Essay

This is a project in which we practice academic writing.  

An Analytic Essay involves finding a topic on or about music, selecting a reading or readings through which you analyze the materials and ideas, and then support your ideas with concepts and quotations from those readings (from the class, or outside readings, or both).  The topic could involve a particular performance, a recording or style of music, an idea in or around music, or other any other area involving music.

This project is intended to encourage active engagement with readings and theory and promote awareness of cultural aspects of music. An Analytic Essay should be relatively brief and concise – roughly 1500 words including quotations, citations and any examples. It should have an introduction, body, conclusion and bibliography. Bibliographies should demonstrate your research and should prioritize academic books and articles. If possible, use this assignment as a theoretic basis for your final project.