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In this course, we keep returning to the idea that popular music matters to people in various different and complex ways. In the text(s) you choose to respond to, how does music matter, and to whom?
Here are some examples of topics you could focus on. Please note: These ideas are meant to serve as guidance and inspiration. You do not have, and will not be able, to answer all of these questions in such a short assignment:
- Music may matter to audiences for certain specific reasons. What, according to the text(s) you respond to, makes listeners enjoy music? How does it impact their lives? How does it empower them?
- Music may matter to musicians and others involved in the music industry. What, according to the selected reading(s), makes them engage in musical practice? Why is it important to them to play (or record, etc.) music?
- Music may matter to corporations. What, according to the selected reading(s), are their stakes in releasing and distributing music? How do they assert their interests in relation to music?
- Music may also matter to the writer of a specific text for one reason or another. What is important and interesting about music for them? Why do they write about it?
Further notes/recommendations (also remember to revisit the syllabus for further information):
- Be sure to use the space you have efficiently. Choosing just one text may be enough if you have strong arguments in your discussion of its up- and downsides and if you bring in carefully selected ideas from other texts for comparison. Two texts/writers may work well for a comparison.
- While, of course, short summaries of selected texts’/writers’ main arguments should be included in your text, be sure to focus on the application of their ideas to your examples, and focus on your critical evaluation of these ideas. To quote the syllabus: “How do the readings help us to understand the relationship between popular music and everyday life? Do these readings speak to your personal experience as a consumer or producer of music? Are there alternative ways of thinking about what the readings discuss? If so, what are they?”
- Be sure to isolate the key arguments of the texts you focus on. Don’t feel like you have to explain a text’s/writer’s minor lines of thought. Instead, take a reading’s key point and engage with it through evidence as well as comparison.