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Writing Assignments

Writing Assignments

Short papers

Midterm Paper - Jazz History: 1900 - 1950

Guidelines:

Write a 3 - 5 page paper on jazz or a jazz related topic that falls between 1900 - 1950. Your paper may be on any jazz style for example New Orleans, Swing or Dixieland or genres that influenced jazz for example blues, harlem stride, ragtime or popular song. You may discuss and examine a style through the music of a composer or performer. For example a paper on swing could be discussed and examined through the music of Tommy Dorsey or Count Basie. A paper on a non-jazz genre such as boogie-woogie could discuss the roots and character of this style and its impact on the music of Mary Lou Williams and Count Basie. You may also write a paper on a subject that has jazz as major component. For example, a topic on jazz and its connection with one of the following: politics, race, gender, culture or technology is acceptable.

Final Paper. 6 - 8 pages:

Due Friday May 18 by 5 p.m. *

Guidelines:

Your final paper may be on any topic that pertains to jazz. You may write on the life and music of a performer, the style of a composers, the use of jazz as protest, jazz and race or the influence of African and Indian music on jazz musicians of the 1960s. A paper on the influence of jazz on other styles for example classical music, bluegrass and rock is also acceptable. If your paper involves discussing the musical characteristics of performer, for example the scatting style of Ella Fitzgerald, you must include musical examples. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.


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