INSTRUCTIONS: You are to research an important American popular music artist from the 1990s or later. This needs to be an established artist who has major hits (Top Ten Billboard), and/or Grammy nominations/wins, etc. This artist should be on such a level to have historical significance. Essay (700-800 words): Elements of the artist you need to write about are: A. What are the cultural elements at the core of the genre tradition? B. Who are the historical influences? Who are the artists who cultivated this music? C. What is the instrumentation? Is this common or uncommon? D. Research and write about at least two other artists who are predecessors to this artist? E. What has led to the success of this artist? G. Who is the audience? Age, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status? F. Has this artist influenced other artists? If so who and how? G. How does this music function socially? H. How is technology important to this artist? REQUIREMENTS: The essay should be submitted through SAKAI as an attached word document. Length between 700-800 words, doubled-spaced, using Times New Roman, Helvetica or Arial font size 12. Assignments not in Word (.doc) format will not be graded. Be sure to properly list the recordings you refer to in your essay at the end in a Discography/Bibliography section. If you rely on external sources be sure to cite them: news articles, class articles, peer-reviewed texts, YouTube videos, or even Wikipedia. Paraphrasing also requires citations. Please use the MLA, Chicago, or APA Style for citation.
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