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MUSC 1101 American Music: A History of Jazz

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Final Research Paper

Final Research Paper:
Jazz Memoir Book List and Paper Assignment

Assignment: write an 8-10 page research paper analyzing your chosen book


1. Read the book and take notes on key information that you can use to expand upon. Concentrate on the main characters and their connections to a life in jazz. Include musical, social, racial, socio-economic and gender issues that are raised in the text.

2. Paper structure:

  • Introductory paragraph: briefly describe the book
  • Middle: Develop the paper by using examples from the text. Then, link the period of the main character's life to your research on that specific era of jazz. How does the context of that era connect to the life and career of the book's subject?
  • End: Conclude with what you learned from the book and what it can teach us about American culture. 

3. Proofread your work - ALWAYS - Never hand in a rough draft...

4. Cite your references, illuminate your points, use outside sources for research.

Grading Criteria:


  • Critical Analysis and Oversight 70%
  • Organization 20%
  • Use of outside research 10%
  • Students who simply retell the story risk recieving a D or an F.

Getting Started - Topics Worksheet

Getting Started - Topics Worksheet

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