1. Choose a Piece of Music (A Composition, Song, Album, Genre) that you love, hate, about which you are curious about, or about which you have a point of view. (If it is a BIG topic, choose a manageable element as an exemplar, for example, one song.)

Assignment Description
1. Choose a Piece of Music (A Composition, Song, Album, Genre) that you love, hate, about which you are curious about, or about which you have a point of view. (If it is a BIG topic, choose a manageable element as an exemplar, for example, one song.)
2. Research the topic in books, articles, or dissertations, or contemporary journals, magazines, or newspapers. Find out something you did not know, or information to inform, enrich, or challenge your viewpoint.
3. Write about it. What do you want someone to know about it? How would you show somebody WHAT you think about it or WHY you feel that way?
5. Include a title to your paper.
Guidelines
1. 1000-word minimum (not including footnotes)***Please write about 1000 words.  Also, you do not need to have lengthy biographical or background material. That can go in the footnotes. Focus on the material at hand. 
2. Use footnotes. You can use any accepted standard citation method for this assignment, but it should be absolutely consistent. The reader should be able to find the source and page number where you found your information.
3. Wikipedia articles do NOT count as sources. Go to “Oxford Music Online” under “Databases” on the library.usc.edu link.  Check out peer reviewed articles on JSTOR. Do a search on Google scholar.
4. You should have found at least three useful sources.
5. Add a title to your paper
6. Include a bibliography at the end in Chicago Manual Style in alphabetic order
Samples Resources
Oxford Music Online
JSTOR (Citations and full-text scholarly journals)
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
USC Library
Lexis Nexis (For journals and newspapers)

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