WRITE THIS PAPER USING YOU!!! AND YOUR PERSONALITY! MAKE SOMETHING UP ! FIND A SONG YOU LIKE AND WRITE THE ESSAY USING THAT SONG! FIND A SONG YOU LIKE CURRENT POP GENRE TODAY BUT FIND A SONG YOU LIKE AND WRITE THIS ESSAY – READ THE BELOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY!!! DONT WRITE ABOUT THE SONG WRITE HOW THE SONG HELPS BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY AND VIEW ON LIFE
Objective: To better understand how music reflects your personal and social identity.
Requirements: Write a two-page paper discussing a particular song or composition of YOUR choice that you feel best
expresses your personal and social identity.
Music is a manifestation of the personal and social identities of an individual or group. The function of the music, the structure of it, the context in which it is performed, etc., all reflect the cultural environment that surrounds a musical performance and indicate significant values of the people who create it. Recognizing and understanding how music reflects the identity of a community is an important means of “getting to know” other people and how music expresses “who they are.”
I want to “get to know you” and discover what music says about “who you are.” I’m assuming since you are enrolled in a music class that you consider music an important element of your life. Undoubtedly, most of you listen to many kinds of music, i.e., classical, rock, rap. Your task is to choose ONE example of music that you feel best expresses the many facets of YOU, i.e., your identity. This will prove more difficult than you think if you put some thought into it. Don’t tell me what music means to you, explain how the example you have chosen represents who you are.
For example, as an American, what one example would you choose to reflect your “American” identity? Does Rap define who we are? Britney Spears? Norah Jones? Does the music of Mozart and Beethoven represent us, even though its origin is European? How about Jazz? What kind of jazz? Which composer and from what era? Defining “American” identity through one example of music is impossible, yet in this class (and others) we only have time to focus on a few examples from countries often much larger than the USA and with histories much older than our meager 225+ years of existence as a nation. Yet, through just a few music examples the spiritual beliefs, political philosophies, attitudes and activities of many aspects of life are revealed. We are able to learn something about the people of other cultures and gain a greater understanding of “who they are.”
Some questions might help you with the content of your paper: What music do I like to listen to? What music do I like to perform? Why? How does this music reflect me personally, my philosophy of life, my goals and desires, my spiritual beliefs, my personal history and life experiences? How does this example reflect my social identity, i.e., the friends I have, the organizations I belong to, the activities I participate in, etc.? Start with some of these questions and soon you’ll think of more. Then pick ONE example that says it all (or as much as it can) and tell me about it and why you picked it. I’m looking forward to “getting to know you” better.
ASSIGNMENT SUMBISSION.(the tutorial on how to submit assignments is on the home page of this course) Save a word document of your assignment answers to your computer files. Include a listening link or an mp3 of the example along with your essay.