Unit 9 – Continued Explorations

Continued Explorations

Learning Objectives

By the end of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Select a topic in music of personal interest.  
  2. Review articles related to your topic. CLO#7, CLO#6
  3. Identify and present 2 musical performances as examples of their topic. CLO#14
  4. Define basic information for the two musical compositions in the selected performances. CLO#14
  5. Analyze at least three musical elements related to each of the selected performances. CLO#8, CLO#3
  6. Express an aesthetic reaction to each performance related to the musical elements presented in the analysis.   CLO#8, CLO#5
  7. Examine and present research relating each performance to the chosen topic. CLO#12
  8. Present research with an appropriate citation in MLA format. CLO#16
  9. Describe a personal aesthetic reaction to the works presented by other students. CLO#15
  10. Discuss the topic chosen by other students CLO#12
  11. Propose other musical elements, research, or musical selections that could be examined in response to analysis by other students. CLO#13, CLO#15

Unit 9 Instructor Lecture


Learning Activities Checklist for this Unit

  1. Watch Instructor Lecture – Continued Explorations
  2. Read Instructions – Continued Explorations.
  3. Browse Suggested Topics.
  4. Decide if you want to select a brand new topic, or repeat a previous topic. If you are repeating a previous topic – follow the Learning Activities and Objectives provided in the previous unit. If you are pursuing a new topic, proceed with the Learning Activities and Objectives presented here.
  5. Select a topic to present. LO #1
  6. Conduct research into your chosen topic. LO #2
  7. Select 2 or more musical performances related to your chosen topic, OR follow directions of a pervious unit if you are repeating a unit. LO# 3
  8. Create a Continued Explorations blog post. LO #3-#8
  9. Submit the URL of your blog post on Bb.
  10. Read Instruction – Continued Explorations Comments.
  11. Comment on 2 classmates’ ‘Continued Exploration’ blog posts, offering your opinions on the performances presented. Additionally, express your opinion on the topic presented,  and add additional learning.  LO# 9, 10, 11
  12. Copy your comments and submit them via Blackboard

Continue Explorations Checklist – downloadable copy

Suggested Topics

Music is a HUGE topic!

For this assignment, you have a great deal of liberty to follow your own inquisitive inclinations. You can go back and do another topic from the Innovations and Evolutions, Take a Musical Trip, or Music and the Fictive Dream (20 points extra credit possible for this last one). Do you have a topic in music that you would like to explore? Pitch the idea to your instructor. If you don’t want to take those options, there are a few new topics presented below. Should you choose that route, follow the instructions attached to this assignment.

If you don’t want to repeat some of the previous assignments, and you don’t have an idea of what topic to try, here are a few that haven’t been covered:

Producer, Engineer, DJ     Click on this link to specific instructions for the topics of Producer, Engineer, and DJ.

Music Producer

Audio Engineer

The DJ

The Path to Stardom

Pathways to Stardom    Click here for specific instructions if you undertake the Pathways to Stardom topic.

There are many paths. Compare and contrast the journey of 2 performers/songwriters. Here are a few with very different backgrounds.

Other topics that would be great, and would not need approval:

  • How to make a music video.
  • What is folk music?
  • Music and spirituality – narrow this topic down to a specific niche, like Gregorian Chant, or Kirtan, hymns, etc.

Instructions - Continued Exploration - Blog Post

Pick a Topic

For this assignment, you can choose your topic:

  1. Choose a topic already presented in the course and present it again with different music, or country (cultural group), innovation, etc..
  2. Or, choose one of the topics given in the Instructor Lecture, instructions are included for those topics.
  3. You are encouraged to explore further. In the Instructor Lecture, there are some suggestions, or you can create your own topic.

Explain Your Topic

If you are selecting your own topic, you will need to provide your readers with a narrative for understanding.

Music, music!

If you aren’t following one of the previous topics, you need two selections of music.

Your Opinion

Use your musical elements vocabulary to describe your personal reaction to the selections you provided. This opinion and musical elements should be related to your topic.


Like your previous blogs, you will need at least two cited sources. What reputable sources did you use? Who wrote the music? Make sure you include the basic information about each work  featured in your blog.


Good writing counts. Penalties for poor editing will be applied. Same thing for video. Don’t ramble. Have a script or an outline to follow.

Blog Post Requirements - Continued Exploration

In this analysis assignment, you will be graded on the following:

  • Basic Information — Title (in italics if necessary), date, composer, country of origin — 10 points
  • Topic explained, selections appropriate to title, additional requirements (if any) and opinion— 50 -70 points (dependant on topic selected)
  • Citing your research, and utilizing quality sources — 20 points
  • Presentation — 20 points

Blog Post Requirements - Continued Exploration

  1. A clear title presents the blog, which includes your chosen topic in the title.
  2. A link to the songs or works being analyzed. A minimum of 2 are required if you are selecting your own topic. If you are repeating a topic, follow the guidelines for that assignment.
  3. Titles of the songs or works (usually in italics), composers (if unknown – state this), the date (again – it might be unknown, but that should be stated) it was written or released, and country of origin clearly supplied in the text of the blog post.
  4. A summary presentation of the research conducted on your chosen topic. A minimum of two  reputable sources required.
  5. A clearly formatted analysis of at least two musical elements found in each of the musical selections chosen.
  6. A statement of your  personal  aesthetic reaction related to the musical elements presented.
  7. Carefully  edit  your blog post.
  8. Sources are cited below the article in  MLA style. All internet sources must include a working hyperlink to the source material.
  9. The blog has visual interest. An image or an embedded video is included
  10. The blog post URL is submitted through Blackboard,  Assignment Submit link ‘Unit 9 – Continued Exploration’, with a working hyperlink. If your hyperlink doesn’t work properly, you will be given a zero and will need to resubmit with a working hyperlink. Late penalties will apply.

General Blog Requirement Checklist  – Click on this link for a downloadable copy. It will take you to a new page, and then you need to click on the General Blog Requirements Checklist again.

Instructions - Continued Explorations Comments

You can learn a great deal by reading what your fellow students wrote.  You might hear music you’ve never experienced before.  You might hear something you already know in a different light.  As part of the EXPLORATION component in this course, you are required to comment on 2 of your fellow student’s blog posts.  Your comments  need to include the following:

  1. Agreement or disagreement. Did you like the same things that they liked? Why or why not. Be polite. If we all liked the same things, music would never evolve. Comment on the topic offered in the blog post.
  2. Add to the discussion. Did you notice something was missing from the assignment? Did you notice another musical element that wasn’t considered? Could you direct them to another composer, performer, work or style? Maybe there is an article that would be helpful?
  3. Submit your comments on Blackboard for grading  using the Assignment Submit link ‘Unit 9 – Continued Exploration’.
  4. Proper submission formatting.
    1. Use the  Assignment Submission section of Blackboard to submit your comments.
    2. Do not use the  Add Comments  area of Blackboard.
    3. Submit the URL of each blog you commented on and hyperlink it in Blackboard.
    4. Cut and paste your comment below the hyperlinked URL.

Click Here to see an annotated guide to comments.

Grading Criteria for Comments

  1.  All comments must be submitted properly. If not, then you will receive a zero, with a request to resubmit properly – 1 point.
  2. Opinion stated – 4 points for each comment.
  3. Commentary or defense of opinion, specific to the selected topic – 4 points for each comment.
  4. Adding to the discussion/exploration/learning – 4 points for each comment.

Preparation for the Next Unit

One more assignment to go! Your final project. You will be focusing more on why we need music and the meaning of music for this final assignment.

Have you been doing well in this class? Have your grades all been in the high 90% range? Please look at your total score and compare it with the grading scores in the syllabus. Maybe you won’t need to do the blog for the final project and still get an A. Think of it as reverse extra credit.