You cannot pass this course by only doing extra credit. In order not to feel concerned about your grade, you should complete every assignment, do so with your best effort, and ask questions if you are unclear what is being asked of you. There are many assignments in this class, meaning that there are many opportunities to do well.

There are two (2) and only two (2) ways to earn extra credit in Mu 101:

  • Completing more than the minimum informal writing requirements for the term (worth +0.3 points each, added to your overall course grade)
  • Creating a blog post on the website for your section of Mu 101 according to the instructions below (worth +0.5 points each, added to your overall course grade; can be completed weekly)

Please do not ask me about any additional extra credit options.

Instructions:

1.Choose one of the short excerpts below to read. After you’ve read the excerpt, write a response to it in any format or length that you choose (personal narrative, compare/contrast, argument, reflection, creative writing, journal entry, poem—ANYTHING).

2. Post your response writing to the website for your section of Mu 101, filing it under the category “Extra Credit.” (Online submission instructions are available here:

3. Email music.drjones@gmail.com by 11:59pm on Sunday telling me that you’ve posted your extra credit and include a link to your post. There are 17 Sundays that mark the end of a week in the Spring 2020.

Additional caveats:

  1. You may do any one of these each week, but don’t repeat a writing prompt more than once
  2. You may not do more than one of these per week (e.g., you cannot do 17 extra credit posts in the final week of class and earn 8 points).

Excerpts for weekly blog responses:

  1. Isaac Asimov, “A Cult of Ignorance” (1980): Asimov 1980 – A cult of ignorance
  2. Leonard Bernstein, Introduction to The Joy of Music (1959): Bernstein Joy
  3. Brian Bilston, A Brief History of Modern Art in Poetry (2017), available here
  4. Bianca Bosker, Cork Dork (2017) — choose only one excerpt per week
  5. Alexis Clements, “What Are the Chances? Success in the Arts in the 21st Century,” LA Review of Books (2016): Clements 2016 – What Are the Chances_ Success in the Arts in the 21st Century
  6. Aaron Copland, Introduction to What to Listen for in Music copland-what-to-listen-for-in-music-intro
  7. Rachel Corbett, “12 Habits of Highly Effective Artists, from Creative Exercise to Living in Airplane Mode,” artnet News (2017) Corbett 2017 – 12 Habits of Highly Effective Artists, From Creative Exercise to Living in Airplane Mode
  8. David DeSteno, “The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions,” The New York Times (2017) DeSteno 2017 The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions – The New York Times
  9. Kahlil Gibran, “On Work” from The Prophet (1923) Gibran – On Work
  10. Anna Goldsworthy, “The Lost Art of Listening” (2015) Goldsworthy 2015 The lost art of listening
  11. Maggie Hendricks, “Why an opera singer has to train like an athlete to hit every note,” For the Win (2017), http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/12/opera-lyric-opera-chicago-die-walkure-brandon-jovanovich/amp
  12. Langston Hughes, “Po’ Boy Blues” (1926) Hughes 1926 – Po Boy Blues
  13. Alan Jern, “Enough with the spoiler alerts! Plot spoilers often increase enjoyment,” in Salon, July 30, 2016 (available here)
  14. Emilie Boyer King, “French schools to have choirs, but no mobile phones,” France 24  (2017), http://www.france24.com/en/20171211-france-schools-mobile-phones-ban-education-macron-blanquet
  15. Adrienne LaFrance, “How Brains See Music as Language,” The Atlantic (2014) LaFrance 2014 – How Brains See Music as a Language
  16. Giovanni Battista Lamperti (1839-1910), “Ready to Sing” from Vocal WisdomLamperti – 17 Ready to Sing
  17. Anne Midgette, “A beginner’s guide to enjoying classical music. No snobs allowed,” The Washington Post (2018) Midgette – A beginners guide to classical music 2018
  18. Nico Muhly, “Thoughts on being well” (2015), available here
  19. The PMRC Filthy Fifteen, available here
  20. Adrienne Rich, “Claiming an Education” (1977) Rich, Adrienne 1977 – Claiming an Education
  21. Manvi Singh, “How Snobbery Helped Take the Spice Out of European Cooking,” NPR (2015) Singh 2015 – How Snobbery Helped Take The Spice Out Of European Cooking
  22. Toru Takemitsu, “A Single Sound” from Confronting Silence (1995) Takemitsu – A Single Sound