A Composer Research Project
Overview:Each student will research and write a biographical essay (of at least 1000 words) that examines the life and music of any composer Each student will be assigned a composer inthe weeks to come.Details:The purpose of this assignment is to develop the skills necessary to analyze, synthesize, and critically assess researchmaterials. A series of biographical questions will be provided for each student to address during the course of theirresearch.Requirements:The essays must be double-spaced and use Times New Roman, 12 Point Font.Students are required to include an annotated bibliography with a minimum of six (6) sources cited (two books, twojournals, and two web links). Both MLA and APA styles are acceptable. Please note, Wikipedia is not considered areliable academic source and will not be accepted. In addition, papers missing in-text citations will not be accepted.A rubric will be used to assess the project (See Attachment)Check the calendar for due dates.ListeningRequirements:Students are required to listen to one complete work composed by the research subject and respond to question(s)about the musician’s music.Resources:Students are required to submit this writing assignment to Tutor.com. In addition, each student will be required to turnin the Tutor’s comments with the final draft of the assignment as proof that he/she made use of the service. The finalversion must also be submitted using Blackboard’s SafeAssign tool.References:Below are eleven (11) biographical questions for each student to address during the course of their research.1. When and where was the musician born?2. What are the names of the musician’s parents, their occupations and any additional facts regarding theirrole in developing the musician’s musical talent?3. What are the facts regarding the musician’s general education and musical training?4. What instrument, or instruments, (include voice) did the musician play?5. Based on the range of years of the musician’s life and work, to what traditional period of music historydoes he (or she) belong?6. What influences (i.e., family members, teachers, or established musicians of the day) helped to shape themusician’s musical work?7. What kind(s) of music (e.g., chant, opera, oratorio, art song, symphony, etc.) did the musician create overthe span of his (or her) career?8. After listening to one of the musician’s compositions, how would you characterize the music? Include thetitle of the piece of music that you are discussing and the details that illustrate the musical elementspresent in the piece (i.e., melody, harmony, rhythm).9. What is the most significant contribution that the musician has made to the history of music?10. When did the musician expire? Give specificdetails regarding the circumstances of the musician’s death?11. Recount one anecdotal story about the musician’s life or work that you discovered during your research?