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)
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:
- Project description (a paragraph explaining your topic and its scope).
- 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).
- 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)