SOCI 220 Music and War Analysis
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Assignment 2: Music Analysis
Due: by 11:55p ET Sunday of Week 5
PURPOSE: The purpose of this assignment is to use content analysis to critically analyze how one social issue/problem is discussed and represented in popular culture through music lyrics.
BACKGROUND: There are many agents of popular culture though which the messages, themes and symbols of popular culture are produced and consumed. Media is a key agent of popular culture, and within it music is one mode for the production and consumption of popular culture . The music of the 1960s marked a key period of transition in the United States as themes of social problems and dissidence started to fill the radio waves. This assignment will allow you to explore one social issue or problem in music today.
See attached document (NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO OPTIONS: OPTION 1 AND OPTION 2) for a detailed assignment description.
Option 1 Instructions:
1) Choose one social issue or social problem (i.e. drugs, the environment, war, teenage pregnancy, hate crimes, etc).
2) Find at least 5 songs with lyrics that address your chosen social issue/problem. You will need to cite these songs using proper APA formatting (see below).
3) Analyze the songs for similarities and differences in how they address the social issue/problem. You may:
– look for themes within and among the songs (i.e. songs about war that talk about ‘ending war’
– consider the year the songs were copyrighted
– consider the genre the song fits in
– is the song directed at a particular audience? (think socio-demographic characteristics: age, race/ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status (SES), and sexuality)
– what type of vocabulary, words, grammar, euphemisms, vernacular is used for the lyrics?
– Consider the actual production of the song as well: tempo, emotion, male/female singer, individual singer/band, etc.
4) Find at least two sources that address music and your social problem (i.e. the sources are providing similar analysis or commentary on how your social problem is addressed through music). These may be popular sources (i.e. magazine articles or websites), but Wikipedia is not acceptable.
5) Find at least one peer-reviewed article (see attached Finding Peer Reviewed Journals guidelines) that discusses your social issue problem and how it is portrayed by the media (ideally this would be focused on your social issue and problem, but this may be difficult to find – so an article on TV, radio, internet, movies is OK).
6) Write-up your paper
- a) Cover Page
- b) Clearly identify your chosen social issue/problem.
- Why are you interested in studying this?
- c) Write-up your analysis of how this social issue/problem is addressed in the 5 songs you chose
- NOTE: this is the majority of your paper. It is a ‘comparative critical’ analysis of how your chosen social issue/problem is addressed in these songs. It is NOT a summary of each song, and it should not include cutting and pasting the lyrics of all of the songs into the paper.
- If you submit a paper that is full of copied lyrics, you will receive a ZERO.
- Use the prompts in step 3 to help you organize this analysis
- Information about the singer/band should be a VERY minimal part of this analysis; the lyrics are the heart of the analysis
- APA-formatted in-text citations should be used throughout this section
- d) Briefly describe the TWO sources you found that discuss music and your chosen social problem.
- Discuss how the analysis or commentary in these two sources compares to your analysis
- Remember your APA-formatted in-text citations
- e) Briefly describe your chosen peer-reviewed article.
- What is the main research question/thesis of the article
- What is the research method used in the article (i.e. survey, interview, content analysis, observation, experiment, etc)
- What are the key findings of the article
- Discuss how the findings in this article can help you to better understand/explain your chosen social issue/problem and how it is addressed in your chosen songs
- Remember APA-formatted in-text citations
- f) Conclude by discussing how your analysis is helpful and relevant in the study of American Popular Culture
– length: 3-5 pages
– APA formatting should be used throughout
o 1” margins
o 12 pt arial or times new roman font
o in-text citations and corresponding full references
o See APA formatting help under Lessons
|APA Formatting for Music Recording must include:|
|1. Name(s) of composer(s)|
|2. Date of copyright in parenthesis ()|
|3. Title of song [Recorded by (if available) artist if different from writer]|
|4. On Title of album (italicised) [Medium of recording; CD cassette etc.]|
|5. Location: label|
|6. Recording date if different from copyright date|
Nicks, S. (1977). Dreams [Recorded by Fleetwood Mac]. On Rumours [CD]. Burbank, Calif.: WB Records.
Vine, C. (1996). 5 bagatelles [Recorded by I. Munro]. On Mere bagatelles [CD]. Australia: Tall Poppies.
Mussorgsky, M. P. (1994). Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov [Edited by K. Marie Stolba] On Development of western music, Vol. 2, No. 4.[CD]. Madison, Wis.: Brown and Benchmark.
Example of Rerecording by artist other than composer with different recording date:
Goodenough, J. B. (1982). Tails and trotters [Recorded by G. Bok, A. Mayo, & E. Trickett]. On And so will we yet [CD]. Sharon, CT; Folk- Legacy Records. (1990).
In text citations singer or band, copyright year and track number.
– E.g. for the song: “Tails and Trotters” (Goodenough, 1982, track 5)
|Did not attempt
|Identification of issue and songs
|Identifies a social issue. Identifies five songs that connect to the social issue.||Identifies a social issue. Identifies four songs that connect to the social issue.||Identifies a social issue. Identifies three songs that connect to the social issue.||Identifies a social issue. Identifies one or two songs that connect to the social issue.||Missing identification of social issue and/or missing songs.|
|Rich, detailed analysis of themes among songs, the genre, audience, time period, use of language, and production.||Provided some analysis of themes among songs, the genre, audience, time period, use of language, and production.||Summary needed significantly more development to analyze themes among songs, the genre, audience, time period, use of language, and production.||Very short or vague analysis of themes among songs, the genre, audience, time period, use of language, and production.||Did not provide an analysis of themes among songs, the genre, audience, time period, use of language, and production.|
|Use of popular sources
|Incorporates two or more popular sources with clear connections to the songs and the social issue.||Incorporates two or more popular sources. Connections to songs and/or social issue may be unclear.||Incorporates one popular source with clear connections to the songs and social issue.||Incorporates one popular source. Connections to songs and/or social issue may be unclear.||Did not incorporate popular sources.|
|Use of peer-reviewed source
|Incorporates one or more peer reviewed sources with clear connections to the songs and the social issue.||Incorporates one or more peer reviewed sources. Connections to songs and/or social issue may be unclear.||Incorporates a non-peer reviewed source with clear connections to the songs and social issue.||Incorporates a non-peer reviewed source. Connections to songs and/or social issue may be unclear.||Did not incorporate a source.|
|Writing expectations and APA format
|Follows writing expectations. Includes a title page. Included APA formatted in-text citations and full references for all paraphrased and quoted work from other sources.||Some writing expectations may have been missed. Minor errors in APA formatting of citations.||Writing expectations somewhat followed. Multiple errors in APA formatting of citations.||Writing expectations not followed; little use of APA format.||Writing expectations not met; APA format not attempted.|
|Grammar and spelling
|Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.||Author makes a couple errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.||Author makes a few errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.||Authors makes many errors in grammar and spelling that the intent of the paper is difficult to understand.||Authors makes so many errors in grammar and spelling that the intent of the paper cannot be understood.|
Assignment 2 meets the following course objectives:
- Compare and contrast culture, popular, high culture, elite culture, mass culture, low culture, subculture and counterculture.
- Describe examples of the different types of norms operative in popular culture, and how these are related to the process of social control.
- Apply key cultural theories and analytical dimensions for examining popular culture.
- Explain how various elements of popular culture inform or reflect our attitudes, behavior, and society and why the popular culture becomes popular.
- Illustrate diversity in popular culture and concepts of multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism with reference to key stratifying factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, region and sexuality.
- Analyze culture within individual, social, historical, political, economic, and global contexts.
- Describe the cultural and social significance of popular culture in shaping the larger contemporary American society.