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Introduction to Black Music

Course Guide - Sands

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Remember these search tips when using book catalogs or journal article databases.

Quotation marks = search for phrases (two or more words): "african american" or "20th century"

OR = more. Combine synonyms or similar terms to increase the number of results: jazz OR be-bop OR bop

AND =  fewer. Use AND to narrow your results. Combine different concepts to narrow your search: Blues AND performers

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Lauren Noel

Final Project Assignment

Music Analysis - Research Paper

  • Listening Example
  • Background Information - style or genre
  • Style or genre (discussion)
  • Composer/Performer
  • Release Date
  • Other significant facts
  • Analysis of the Piece
    • distinctive performance practices
    • characteristic idioms of the style or genre
    • analysis of the lyrics (as appropriate)


    1. Select a Recording of any style or genre of Black-American Music (U.S.)

    2. Research Proposal

    • Internet Resources (at least 2)
    • Scholarly Articles (at least 2)
    • Popular Articles (at least 2)
    • Books/Reference Works (at least 2)
    • Other Resources

    3. Complete your analysis and discussion of the selected piece, in your own words, using the sources you identified in your proposal. Indicate and cite quoted content appropriately.

    4. Final project submission