21M.294 | Spring 2005 | Undergraduate

Popular Musics of the World


Students are expected to write two papers and complete a final research project.

Paper 1: Musical Analysis

The first paper assignment is to write a musical analysis comparing two out of three versions of a song by Senegalese singer Nder.

Paper 1 Description (PDF)

Paper 2: Marketing of World Music Artists

The second paper takes a critical look at the marketing of world music artists.

Paper 2 Description (PDF)

Final Project

The final project, which includes an oral presentation and an 8-10 page paper, will be on an approved research topic of your choice.

Description of the Final Project Assignment (PDF)

Begin with a final project proposal, due in Lec #16. Your proposal should be brief (less than one page), and will have three components:

  1. Project description (a paragraph explaining your topic and its scope).
  2. Methodology and sources (a paragraph describing how you will go about doing your research, whether by consulting books and CDs, or by attending performances or conducting interviews).
  3. Time line (give a rough estimate of how you will use your time to complete the project - this is especially important for ethnographic projects).

Examples of Final Papers

Papers are presented courtesy of the authors, and used with permission.

Chiu, Christine. “SMAP: A case-study of J-pop.” (PDF)

Course Info

As Taught In
Spring 2005
Learning Resource Types
Written Assignments with Examples