Each student will create a blog post as a formal writing assignment this semester. These will also form the basis of online discussions led by students.
- Assignment instructions and prompts: 02-student-blog-post-overview-and-prompts
- Final draft prompt/handout: 02 SBP final draft prompt
- How do I submit a Student Blog Post? Instructions with pictures available here. (Downloadable PDF of instructions: 02-how-to-post)
- Rubrics being used to grade your work:
|F1 (Mondays)||F4 (Thursdays)|
|Proposals due via email by 11:59pm
|March 17||March 12|
|Proposals returned in class with instructor feedback
|March 20||March 16|
|First draft due in class – hard copy
|March 27||March 23|
|First drafts returned in class with instructor feedback
|April 3||March 30|
|Final draft due (online submission) with revision reflection (via email) by 5pm
|April 9||April 11|
|Student Blog Posts are live (5 one-week discussion periods)||April 10-May 14||April 12-May 16|
Examples of music blog writing across the Internet
- I Care If You Listen, a blog/digital magazine with several contributing authors
- Jenn Jolley (composer), Why Compose When You Can Blog?
- Marc Myers (music journalist), JazzWax
- Will Robin (musicologist), Seated Ovation
- Alex Ross (music critic), The Rest Is Noise
Examples of professional think-piece essays
- Kyle Chaykya, “The Oppressive Gospel of Minimalism,” in The New York Times (July 26, 2016): Chaykya – The Oppressive Gospel of ‘Minimalism’ – The New York Times
- Brad Evans and Henry Giroux, “The Violence of Forgetting,” in The New York Times (June 20, 2016): Evans and Giroux – The Violence of Forgetting – The New York Times
- Eve Ewing, “A Tale of Two Recluses: Remembering Harper Lee While Waiting for Frank Ocean’s Follow-Up to ‘Channel Orange’,” in The Atlantic (August 6, 2016): Ewing – A Tale of Two Recluses – The Atlantic
- Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (1926): https://www.poetryfoundation.org/resources/learning/essays/detail/69395
- Jordan Kisner, “Can a Woman’s Voice Ever Be Right?” in New York Magazine (July 2016): Kisner – Can a Woman’s Voice Ever Be Right — The Cut
- Stephen Metcalf, “Donald Trump, Baby Boomer” in Slate (May 1, 2016): http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/05/donald_trump_baby_boomer_how_the_candidate_was_shaped_by_his_generation.html
- Alex Ross, “When Music is Violence,” in The New Yorker (July 4, 2016): Ross – When Music Is Violence – The New Yorker
- Scott Timberg, “The Revenge of Monoculture: The Internet gave us more choices but the mainstream won anyway,” in Salon (July 30, 2016): http://www.salon.com/2016/07/30/the_revenge_of_monoculture_the_internet_gave_us_more_choices_but_the_mainstream_won_anyway/
Examples of past Student Blog Posts
Students from previous semesters have submitted some really great blog posts — informative, well-written, entertaining, thoughtful, and personable. Don’t take these examples as an exact template for your own blog post because 1) the assignment is slightly different every semester, so the requirements they wrote for aren’t the same as the ones you’ll be graded on; and 2) blogs are highly personal!
Think of these examples as just that — examples. Your blog post can go in any direction and be about any piece of music that interests you. As you read these, think about what each author does well, how their personality comes through in the post, and various aspects of blog presentation: what makes for a catchy title, layout, headings, inclusion of images or videos throughout the post, etc.
- Andean Legacy
- Are you Stoned right now?
- ¿Bailamos Bachata? (May we dance Bachata?)
- Can singing just four words mean freedom for a nation?
- Go home, Vince Neil, you’re drunk
- Introduce yourself
- Music Sampling: Is it Okay if the Music is Not 100% Original?
- See with your ears; Listen with your imagination
- What is Future Funk?