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MUSC 1112: Music of Black Americans (Torff)


Welcome MUSC 1112

Use this guide to find helpful sources for your research paper. The types of materials in this guide include:

  • Reference Materials: online or in print, reference materials include encyclopedias and dictionaries
  • Books: search for books and ebooks in the library catalog
  • Database links to find Articles: search for journal and newspaper articles in library databases

Feel free to visit the library for help using the library's resources for your research. If you need any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me:

Lisa Thornell, Student Engagement & Outreach Librarian

Final Research Paper

Assignment Requirements:

  • 5 page paper plus 1 page for the bibliography (Microsoft Word format only)
  • Minimum of 5 printed sources and 1 audio source
  • Include music analysis
  • Cite your sources in MLA 8th edition style

Structure: from the syllabus

Title Page:       Title of the paper, your name, section

Page 1             Introduction and thesis

Page 2-4          Building, using examples based on your thesis

Page 5             Conclusion using the first person connecting to the thesis

Page 6             Bibliography              

Helpful tips:

  • Use the sources on this guide!
  • "The goal is to read, think, and question in order to reach conclusions and insightful meanings."- Course Syllabus
  • "Begin by forming questions. What are the issues, conflicts, and challenges that are presented?" - Course Syllabus
  • "Don't tell us, show us. Use examples. cite sections of text and quotes to support your points. Make us believe or at least raise our own questions." - Course Syllabus
  • "Ultimately, what does the material that is presented mean to you, to us, and to society in general? State your views based on the questions you raise with your personal insight." - Course Syllabus
  • Ask for Help if you need it !
  • Get writing, research, and citation help on Wed. May 1st from 12-5pm at CRAM JAM

Some Topics to Choose From:

Slave Songs and Spirituals                                                                 Ralph Ellison

Ring Shout, Field Hollars and Work Songs                                     Blacks in cinema and theatre

Black classical composers                                                                 Aretha Franklin

Woman blues singers                                                                        Mahalia Jackson

Thomas A Dorsey- Gospel music                                                    Robert Johnson

The blues evolution                                                                           W.C. Handy

Scott Joplin                                                                                           Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey

Tupac Shakur                                                                                       Dinah Washington

Stax Records                                                                                         Motown Records

John Coltrane                                                                                       Miles Davis

Bessie Smith                                                                                        Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Duke Ellington                                                                                    Muddy Waters

Beale Street- Memphis                                                                       Chicago Blues

John Lee Hooker                                                                                  Louis Armstrong

Billie Holiday                                                                                      Mary Lou Williams

New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Jazz                                            Little Richard   

William Grant Still                                                                              Otis Redding

Soul Music                                                                                            James Brown                       

Race Records                                                                                       Howlin’ Wolf

Delta Blues                                                                                           Fisk Jubilee Singers

Black literature and music                                                                History of black dance

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