Draft Proposal Project
This is not a full-length research paper. You are simply writing a 2-page research proposal. Even though you are not writing a lengthy research paper, you must demonstrate in the proposal that you have done some preliminary research. Your essay must include at least 2 to 3 paragraphs of information pertaining to your topic. For example, you should provide a description of the music, pertinent definitions, historical information, instruments, famous artists, etc. You should also discuss how the music style is a reflection of the culture from which it originated. If your paper is on traditional folk music, you might also tell how it influences the contemporary popular music of the country.
You may select your topic from the Draft Proposal Topic List provided by Dr. Greene. If you choose a topic that is not on this list, you must first have it approved by a writing consultant. Topics should cover a specific style of music of a culture or in a particular country. The music expresses the identity of a particular people (culture), country, or region, such as Appalachia (solo fiddling music, music and clogging, bluegrass) Nigeria (juju, fuji, Afro-beat, Yo-pop), Brazil (bossa nova, samba, afroxé music, forro), northern or southern Indian music, Egypt (al-jeel, shaabi), and etc. Avoid papers on general characteristics of styles of music whose appeal is very broad, for example, reggae or salsa. In such cases select sub-categories of such styles of music. You will be asked to rewrite the paper if your topic is not appropriate.
A grading rubric will be used to determine the number of points you earn on the draft proposal and final draft. This rubric is available on WebCT Vista. Refer to the rubric when writing your paper to ensure that you are following the grading guidelines.
A hard copy must be submitted in class on or before the due date of the assignment. In addition to...