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Concert Review #1You will attend a concert in person. You will then write a revi

Concert Review #1You will attend a concert in person. You will then write a review of that concert. (These are just instructions from the teacher, please scroll down below and see the concert list, we will be pretending like you went in person)
Find in person concerts: (scroll all the way below)
Both Concerts MUST Be “Formal”No stadium/festival concerts or concerts featuring pop artists (EDM, pop rock, hip hop, modern country, etc). Music should reflect the course’s content.
Appropriate genres include:
traditional jazz
opera
symphony orchestra
chamber music (like a string quartet or piano recital)
“world” music (i.e. Japanese classical, Indonesian gamelan, etc), experimental, etc.
Pop, rock, hip hop, reggae, and other popular style concerts, and outdoor, cafe/restaurant performances are NOT acceptable (with the exception of pop concerts on the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Concert Series).
IN PERSON CONCERTS MUST BE PRE-APPROVED BY THE INSTRUCTOR! Please allow 7 days for approval to be granted.
THE WRITTEN REVIEW
1. Provide 1-2 paragraphs describing the concert you attended and the music performed in formal, academic language.
2. Give TITLES of pieces/songs and GENRE or type of music played (jazz, baroque, opera, romantic, etc).
3. Give a brief HISTORY of the music played.
4. What instruments were played?
5. Write about the performers themselves: where are they from, what is their background, what do they play?
6. What is your own response to the performance and the music? Like it? Love it or Hate it? Why?
7. Write about the substance of the performance and the music and your response to it ONLY. (I don’t need to know what you had for dinner or how traffic was getting to the venue.)
8. Upload your essay in PDF or DOC(X) format ONLY! You can receive a zero if I cannot read your essay.
9. Upload your PROOF of attendance. Acceptable proof: selfie at the concert with program or selfie with your ticket at the venue. You may paste these pics into your review or upload them separately. Please DO NOT send video! The files are too big.
CONCERTS:
Cuyamaca College Performances
Links to an external site.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! There are performances at Cuyamaca College – and you can earn extra credit for attending concerts at our school. Those concerts range in cost from FREE-$5 for students generally. ALL concerts at Cuyamaca College are acceptable for your review!
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San Diego Symphony Student Concerts ($5-10)
Students with current ID may enjoy any San Diego Symphony concert
Links to an external site.for just $10. Please see SD Symphony website for details.
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SDSU Concerts ($10)
World Music, Jazz and grad student recitals are all great ways to meet the concert review requirement!
SDSU Calendar and Tickets
Links to an external site.
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USD Concerts (mostly FREE)
Here’s a link to the USD Music Performance Calendar.
Links to an external site. They may add more as the semester progresses.
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UCSD (student concerts FREE; others vary)
Here’s the link to UCSD’s performance calendar
Links to an external site.. There are many, MANY student concerts at UCSD of very high quality that would be totally FREE so I recommend signing up for their newsletter and keeping an eye on the SD Reader for announcements.
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La Jolla Music Society
Events calendar HERE.
Links to an external site.
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SD Reader
Here’s a link to their events calendar
Links to an external site.- you will have to filter and dig for more info on your own but there’s lots of stuff out there.
Rubric
Concert Review Rubric (2)
Criteria
Ratings
Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Concert was appropriate genre.
BOTH concerts MUST be “formal,” sit-down concerts. Genres include: jazz, opera, symphonic, chamber music, “world” music (i.e. Japanese classical, Indonesian gamelan, etc), experimental, etc. Try to get outside your comfort zone – the idea is to try something new! Pop concerts are NOT acceptable (with the exception of pop concerts on the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Concert Series).
7 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
7 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Proof of attendance present
2 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Review is 1-2 paragraphs and complete concert detail provided
2. Give TITLES of pieces/songs and GENRE or type of music played (jazz, baroque, opera, romantic, etc). 3. Give the HISTORY of the music played. 4. What instruments were played? 5. Write about the performers themselves: where are they from, what is their background, what do they play? 6. What is your own response to the performance and the music? Like it? Love it or Hate it? Why?
2 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
2 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Formal, academic language is used. Proper word usage and spelling are present. Correct file formats were used.
4 pts
Full Marks
0 pts
No Marks
4 pts

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Write a Research Paper – Company Profile: Artist Management, Promoter, or Venue

Write a Research Paper – Company Profile: Artist Management, Promoter, or
Venue
Write a research paper on a company within the music business:
EX::Ticketmaster, Spotify, a specific music venue(House of Blues for example), record label, Live Nation etc.

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This essay is based on the documentary “Change Through Music in Venezuela. Your

This essay is based on the documentary “Change Through Music in Venezuela.
Your essay is to based only on the impressions created by what you saw and heard in the documentary.REMINDER:
You are not required to do any sort of research to complete this assignment. Do not do any of the following:
1. Go to a website related to the documentary to seek additional information
2.Go to any website to do research on anything you might have seen or heard in the documentary
3. Blackboard will flag and highlight any such attempts
4. There is no need to “cite sources” because it is automatically assumed that you are writing based on what you saw/heard in the documentary!

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Directions: select two prompts from the following questions. Write a response st

Directions: select two prompts from the following questions. Write a response stating your position. Provide support
for you statement with reference to the main text (Armstrong), one or more of the bibliographic materials listed on
Cougar Courses, and/or other a peer-reviewed sources. Length: 500 words each.

1. In the Arrival of Religion (Ch.9) Armstrong states: “One of the characteristics of early modern thought was a
tendency to assume binary contrasts” … for example, “faith and reason, intellect and emotion, and church
and state” (p.258). How does this historical period (16th-17th century Europe) compare with contemporary
United States.

2. The Thirty Years’ War (1618–48), was fought for “various reasons, including religious, dynastic, territorial,
and commercial rivalries”. Literally, there were a “plenum of forces” in tension. Identify and discuss two
situations of a religious ritual being challenged or suppressed during this major conflict in European history.

3. What argument did Hobbes make regarding colonization and the genocide of Native Americans?Identify and
compare a contemporary example (ca. 20th – 21st century) with Hobbes’ notion.

4. Armstrong states that “in order to prosper under colonial rule, they would have to adapt to the Western
understanding of religion” (p.288). Compare this historical situation of India with that of American Indians.
How has the adaptation of Western religion served the latter? Consider transformations in ritual practices.

5. Identify and discuss two post slavery transformations in rituals of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé (in Brazil).
See Blackness, Inequality and Religion the Case of Candomblé (Andreas Hofbauer)

6. What prompted the late 20th century migration of Brazilians to Germany? What were the most significant
transformations in Afro-Brazilian religious expression for these migrants?See Under the Berlin sky
Candomblé on German shores (Joana Bahia)
Zoom:https://csusm.zoom.us/rec/play/0elAlkDBG5QdJKaCNev…

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This essay is based on the documentary “Change Through Music in Venezuela. Your

This essay is based on the documentary “Change Through Music in Venezuela.
Your essay is to based only on the impressions created by what you saw and heard in the documentary.REMINDER:
You are not required to do any sort of research to complete this assignment. Do not do any of the following:
1. Go to a website related to the documentary to seek additional information
2.Go to any website to do research on anything you might have seen or heard in the documentary
3. Blackboard will flag and highlight any such attempts
4. There is no need to “cite sources” because it is automatically assumed that you are writing based on what you saw/heard in the documentary!

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Directions: select two prompts from the following questions. Write a response st

Directions: select two prompts from the following questions. Write a response stating your position. Provide support
for you statement with reference to the main text (Armstrong), one or more of the bibliographic materials listed on
Cougar Courses, and/or other a peer-reviewed sources. Length: 500 words each.

1. In the Arrival of Religion (Ch.9) Armstrong states: “One of the characteristics of early modern thought was a
tendency to assume binary contrasts” … for example, “faith and reason, intellect and emotion, and church
and state” (p.258). How does this historical period (16th-17th century Europe) compare with contemporary
United States.

2. The Thirty Years’ War (1618–48), was fought for “various reasons, including religious, dynastic, territorial,
and commercial rivalries”. Literally, there were a “plenum of forces” in tension. Identify and discuss two
situations of a religious ritual being challenged or suppressed during this major conflict in European history.

3. What argument did Hobbes make regarding colonization and the genocide of Native Americans?Identify and
compare a contemporary example (ca. 20th – 21st century) with Hobbes’ notion.

4. Armstrong states that “in order to prosper under colonial rule, they would have to adapt to the Western
understanding of religion” (p.288). Compare this historical situation of India with that of American Indians.
How has the adaptation of Western religion served the latter? Consider transformations in ritual practices.

5. Identify and discuss two post slavery transformations in rituals of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé (in Brazil).
See Blackness, Inequality and Religion the Case of Candomblé (Andreas Hofbauer)

6. What prompted the late 20th century migration of Brazilians to Germany? What were the most significant
transformations in Afro-Brazilian religious expression for these migrants?See Under the Berlin sky
Candomblé on German shores (Joana Bahia)
Zoom:https://csusm.zoom.us/rec/play/0elAlkDBG5QdJKaCNev…

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For concert paper After learning about ways to talk about music in formal terms

For concert paper
After learning about ways to talk about music in formal terms and weeks’ worth of listening to music, it’s time for you to see some *live* music! Please write about your concert experience. Consider the following:
What was the venue? How were the other concert-goers? Did you feel at ease or like you had to be on a certain behavior?
What type of music/band/genre was it? Did any of the music they played resonate with you in any way? Had you heard the music before?
Please explain the music in some of the terms that we have learned this semester. Could any of the music we listened to be considered ‘ancestors’ of the music you heard live?
How did you feel when listening to the music?
I will grade your submission based on clarity of writing and grammar and the use of applied music terms from class. Length should be 1.5-2 pages. Please include a copy of the concert program or ticket.
For music playlist
Please pick a favorite artist or band and tell me more about them. Where did you hear about them? What is the genre and makeup of the band? Post several links to songs that represent their style and talk about them using terms and vocabulary from this semester, as well as explaining why you like the song or have a connection to it. Can you draw any comparisons or connections to music we have learned about this semester?
I’m looking for quality of writing and thoughtful content, as well as new music to listen to! : Example of music playlist
Example Pick: The Punch Brothers/Chris Thile
The first time I saw the Punch Brothers was about 15 years ago. I was a student at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and they were a newly formed band that came to town for a small chamber recital. I knew that bandleader Chris Thile was a virtuosic mandolin player from his previous band that I had followed for years, Nickel Creek. I went into the concert not knowing what to expect and left feeling a crazy musical high and with a new favorite group. Since then I have seen them countless times – basically whenever they are within a 150 mile radius. I was thrilled to see them outdoors in Indianapolis a few weeks ago – my first live concert post-pandemic!
The Punch Brothers are a hard band to describe, which is one of the many reasons I enjoy their music. They operate in many ways like a classical chamber group but present themselves on instruments that are more traditionally seen as American bluegrass instruments; mandolin, fiddle, bass, guitar and banjo. Each instrument plays their own role in the group and it’s fascinating to watch them communicate wordlessly on stage. While they have many traditional folk and bluegrass tunes in their discography, they have also arranged versions of classical pieces, covered jazz and pop and written eclectic originals as well. Here’s a very cool video of Chris Thile talking about genres.
Genre Hopping with Chris Thile (Links to an external site.)
Minimize Video
Here’s part of their 4 movement, completely notated piece called The Blind Leaving the Blind. Although it may sound improvised, and certainly each of these musicians are adept at improvising, this piece is completely notated and then memorized by each of the musicians. Composer Chris Thile is drawing on influence from classical composers and western compositional techniques like the multi movement form and thematic return. Even though each instrument is playing very technically demanding lines (very sophisticated polyphony), they can be independently heard.
The Blind Leaving the Blind (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
This has become one of the group’s most popular songs to play at concerts and is one of the most fun to see them play. It is AABA in form, typical subject matter of early bluegrass music and also very predictable, following harmonies typical in traditional bluegrass music. I’ve been lucky enough to see some really incredible live music concerts of all genres, and yet this group has become my favorite live act for their energy and sheer virtuosity that I get to witness, every time.
Rye Whiskey (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
Minimize Video
The Punch Brothers also arrange already composed classical or rock music. They do a neat arrangement of a Debussy piano piece, where, even though the music is written for solo piano, they separate out the melodic material among the 5 of them and the piece is transformed. Their cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A” is another example of their reimagination of a great piece, and it’s also great to hear live. They are creating effects with acoustic instruments that are otherwise done digitally.
Kid A (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
Chris Thile, along with leading the Punch Brothers, also collaborates with the best of the best in all other areas of music, such as cellist Yo Yo Ma, jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Edgar Meyer. He has won the MacArther Genius Grant for his contributions to music. He’s also in his second seasons of hosting an NPR music variety show, “Live From Here” on Saturday nights. It’s on these shows that he has started the tradition of writing a new song each week. This has resulted in an enormous output of music that reminds me of court composers in the patronage system that wrote for routine social functions or weekly masses. One of my favorites of these weekly songs is called “Calvin and the Gnostics.”
From the very beginning, the piece gives me a sense of excitement. Non-traditional harmonies and consistent bass drum beats keep the music moving forward until the texture fills out with full drum kit and vocal harmonies. After the first verse ends, Thile takes a solo and the violin leads back to another repeat of the first section.
The B section is helmed by Rachael Price – the lead singer of Lake Street Dive, another great band to check out. The song no longer feels filled with frenetic energy and instead grooves to a backbeat. The A section later returns with slightly altered lyrics, changing the timeline in Thile’s story. One of the biggest reasons I like this song, and most of Thile’s songs, are his brilliant lyrics. In this case, he’s singing about his son, Calvin, and what fall feels like when you’re seeing it through the eyes of a little kid. Maybe it’s because I am raising two young children, myself, but this song really resonates with me.
Calvin and the Ghosties (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

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For concert paper After learning about ways to talk about music in formal terms

For concert paper
After learning about ways to talk about music in formal terms and weeks’ worth of listening to music, it’s time for you to see some *live* music! Please write about your concert experience. Consider the following:
What was the venue? How were the other concert-goers? Did you feel at ease or like you had to be on a certain behavior?
What type of music/band/genre was it? Did any of the music they played resonate with you in any way? Had you heard the music before?
Please explain the music in some of the terms that we have learned this semester. Could any of the music we listened to be considered ‘ancestors’ of the music you heard live?
How did you feel when listening to the music?
I will grade your submission based on clarity of writing and grammar and the use of applied music terms from class. Length should be 1.5-2 pages. Please include a copy of the concert program or ticket.
For music playlist
Please pick a favorite artist or band and tell me more about them. Where did you hear about them? What is the genre and makeup of the band? Post several links to songs that represent their style and talk about them using terms and vocabulary from this semester, as well as explaining why you like the song or have a connection to it. Can you draw any comparisons or connections to music we have learned about this semester?
I’m looking for quality of writing and thoughtful content, as well as new music to listen to! : Example of music playlist
Example Pick: The Punch Brothers/Chris Thile
The first time I saw the Punch Brothers was about 15 years ago. I was a student at the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and they were a newly formed band that came to town for a small chamber recital. I knew that bandleader Chris Thile was a virtuosic mandolin player from his previous band that I had followed for years, Nickel Creek. I went into the concert not knowing what to expect and left feeling a crazy musical high and with a new favorite group. Since then I have seen them countless times – basically whenever they are within a 150 mile radius. I was thrilled to see them outdoors in Indianapolis a few weeks ago – my first live concert post-pandemic!
The Punch Brothers are a hard band to describe, which is one of the many reasons I enjoy their music. They operate in many ways like a classical chamber group but present themselves on instruments that are more traditionally seen as American bluegrass instruments; mandolin, fiddle, bass, guitar and banjo. Each instrument plays their own role in the group and it’s fascinating to watch them communicate wordlessly on stage. While they have many traditional folk and bluegrass tunes in their discography, they have also arranged versions of classical pieces, covered jazz and pop and written eclectic originals as well. Here’s a very cool video of Chris Thile talking about genres.
Genre Hopping with Chris Thile (Links to an external site.)
Minimize Video
Here’s part of their 4 movement, completely notated piece called The Blind Leaving the Blind. Although it may sound improvised, and certainly each of these musicians are adept at improvising, this piece is completely notated and then memorized by each of the musicians. Composer Chris Thile is drawing on influence from classical composers and western compositional techniques like the multi movement form and thematic return. Even though each instrument is playing very technically demanding lines (very sophisticated polyphony), they can be independently heard.
The Blind Leaving the Blind (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
This has become one of the group’s most popular songs to play at concerts and is one of the most fun to see them play. It is AABA in form, typical subject matter of early bluegrass music and also very predictable, following harmonies typical in traditional bluegrass music. I’ve been lucky enough to see some really incredible live music concerts of all genres, and yet this group has become my favorite live act for their energy and sheer virtuosity that I get to witness, every time.
Rye Whiskey (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
Minimize Video
The Punch Brothers also arrange already composed classical or rock music. They do a neat arrangement of a Debussy piano piece, where, even though the music is written for solo piano, they separate out the melodic material among the 5 of them and the piece is transformed. Their cover of Radiohead’s “Kid A” is another example of their reimagination of a great piece, and it’s also great to hear live. They are creating effects with acoustic instruments that are otherwise done digitally.
Kid A (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
Chris Thile, along with leading the Punch Brothers, also collaborates with the best of the best in all other areas of music, such as cellist Yo Yo Ma, jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Edgar Meyer. He has won the MacArther Genius Grant for his contributions to music. He’s also in his second seasons of hosting an NPR music variety show, “Live From Here” on Saturday nights. It’s on these shows that he has started the tradition of writing a new song each week. This has resulted in an enormous output of music that reminds me of court composers in the patronage system that wrote for routine social functions or weekly masses. One of my favorites of these weekly songs is called “Calvin and the Gnostics.”
From the very beginning, the piece gives me a sense of excitement. Non-traditional harmonies and consistent bass drum beats keep the music moving forward until the texture fills out with full drum kit and vocal harmonies. After the first verse ends, Thile takes a solo and the violin leads back to another repeat of the first section.
The B section is helmed by Rachael Price – the lead singer of Lake Street Dive, another great band to check out. The song no longer feels filled with frenetic energy and instead grooves to a backbeat. The A section later returns with slightly altered lyrics, changing the timeline in Thile’s story. One of the biggest reasons I like this song, and most of Thile’s songs, are his brilliant lyrics. In this case, he’s singing about his son, Calvin, and what fall feels like when you’re seeing it through the eyes of a little kid. Maybe it’s because I am raising two young children, myself, but this song really resonates with me.
Calvin and the Ghosties (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

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For your paper, choose one American hip hop song to formally explore one of the

For your paper, choose one American hip hop song to formally explore one of the course topics we’ve covered on the list below. The song should be very relevant to the topic you choose. For example, you may want to explore a song that helped you to understand the concept of Signifying, or you might want to explore a song that is very representative of West Coast hip hop. Make sure you choose a song that we have NOT covered in the lecture videos. Whatever song you choose, make sure you critically engage the knowledge you’ve gained from the readings and lecture videos in your analysis of the song. Be sure to take a deep look at the lyrical meaning, the cultural context (where is the artist from? what year was it released? what was happening at that time?) and include some musical analysis (for example, describe what you hear in the beat and how it relates to the theme of the song). This is not a formal research paper, so a works cited is not required, but do include parenthetical citations and/or hyperlinks to the sources you used to come up with your ideas. Don’t forget to include not only the name of the rapper(s)/group, but also the producer, the album, the label (if applicable) and the year produced.
The Song I Chose is Shook Ones Pt. 2 by Mobb Deep (West Coast Hip Hop)
minimum 1500 words. Times New Roman Font, double-spaced, standard margins, PDF format.
Topics:
Signifying
Slavery and Freedom
Blues themes in hip hop
Hip Hop and Sampling Soul of the Civil Rights Era
Hip Hop and Afrofuturism
New York Hip Hop
West Coast Hip Hop
Dirty South Hip Hop
Midwest Hip Hop
Hip Hop and Gender Expression/Identity
Hip Hop and LGBTQQIA Identity
RUBRIC:
Thesis: 15 points
Lyrical/Thematic Analysis: 15 points
Musical Analysis:10 points
Connection to Course Material: 15 points
Form:10 points
Grammar/Spelling/Format: 10 points
Overall Content/Length: 25 points
Total: 100 Points

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Your paper should consist of six (6) paragraphs, and address the following issue

Your paper should consist of six (6) paragraphs, and address the following issues in this specific order:
1. Identification: Name the piece, the composer and performer, the approximate time period in which it was written, and the style.
2. Consideration of context and the influence of assumptions: In what context was this example composed/performed/heard? What was happening historically at the time? What assumptions were made about this music at the time by the composer and audience, and what similar or different assumptions do you, and your contemporaries, make about this music today?
3. Communication of your own perspective: State very clearly what it is about this example that you find aesthetically beautiful. You can consider the melody, the instrumentation and/or sound quality of voice(s), the form of the piece, and the ambiance, or mood the piece creates for you as a listener.
4. Presentation of supporting evidence: Using the musical terminology you have learned this semester, describe the example appropriately to support your statement in paragraph 3.
5. Integration of your musical perspective with that of this musical style period: Reflect upon how you have been able to integrate this composer’s ideas about aesthetic beauty with your own ideas. How has your perspective been affected as a result of learning about this piece/composer/style? Has your perspective changed or remained the same? Do you have the same ideas about beauty that you had coming into this course, or have the possibilities been expanded?
6.Identification of your conclusions: What do you conclude about aesthetic beauty, overall, at the end of this process? What makes something beautiful? Explain what you found to be meaningful.