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What do they do for the emotions and interpretations of the music?

Concert Reports
All theory students are required to attend or view online at least one concert or musical performance in the semester and give a two page musical analysis of it using musical terms and concepts learned in theory 101. Any style is welcome!
1) Important information needed:
• date of performance (if given)
•venue (if given)
•music performed (name of pieces if known)
•name of personnel performing or band
•instrumentation (what instruments are being played on each piece)
•website link to the concert
2. Things to consider during each piece while listening to your concert/reporting (you don’t need to answer every one of these but they may help you in your analysis):
•Tonality – Major or minor tonality?
•Tempo – fast, slow, moderate, gradually changing. What does the tempo do to the overall mood of the piece? What kind of effect does it have?
•Meter – can you figure out if it is 4/4? 3/4? 6/8? None of the above?
•Dynamics – loud, soft, gradually changing? How do the dynamics affect the performance? What do they do for the emotions and interpretations of the music?
•Form- is a song repeating in a certain way? Does there seem to be a solo section?
•Anything else- what are the lyrics about (if there are lyrics)? What is the overall effect of the concert? Does the location of the concert change the music at all (if it’s a huge venue, how different does the music feel, etc?)? Did you enjoy the concert, and if so/not, why?
3. Writing Style: Grammar, spelling, syntax, rhetoric and addressing all of the guidelines as listed above.
4. How should the report be formatted?
Typed, average size font (11-12), double-spaced.
Minimum: Approximately two pages.

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Music Theory

What feelings or thoughts do you have when listening carefully to it?

Two assignment parts:
Assignment Part A — This assignment uses an annotated playlist called “We Insist: A Century Of Black Music Against State Violence,” created by a group of music scholars and critics. There is a webpage with a brief introduction and a paragraph of description for each song (Links to an external site.), and you can hear the music tracks through a playlist available on either Spotify (Links to an external site.) and Apple Music (Links to an external site.).
Instructions
1. Read the brief introduction (3 paragraphs) at the top of the webpage. (Links to an external site.)
2. The playlist has a total of 50 songs, divided into 4 different groups by chronology. You’ll be using 3 songs for this assignment but you must pick 1 song from each of the first three sections. In other words: Pick 1 song from the first section (“1927–1963: Witness & Resistance”), pick 1 song from the second section (“1967–1985: Black Power”), and pick 1 song from the 3rd section (“1985–2012: Policing & Protest”).
3. Listen carefully to all 3 songs, taking notes on what you notice. Read the paragraph on the webpage about each song. Optionally, you can also seek out any other information you would like to know about the song or artist, or look up lyrics online.
3. After you’ve spent some time with each song, write a paragraph about each song, answering these questions for each one:
What is your overall reaction to the song? What feelings or thoughts do you have when listening carefully to it? (The point is to answer these questions, not just to state whether or not you like it.)
How do you think the sounds in the song contribute to the effects it has on you? As in some past discussions, you must say something about the actual sounds in the song, not only the lyrics. There are many possible sounds and musical qualities that you might choose to discuss, such as timbre of voices or instruments, the song’s rhythms, how it changes over time or any other qualities you notice. We realize it is challenging to describe music, but as in past assignments, you should do your best to share comments that reflect careful listening.
Grading Criteria
To earn a grade of Complete, your response must meet the following criteria:
You address the questions listed above, with three paragraphs that reflect careful thought and listening.
It does not contain significant grammar or spelling errors, and reflects time spent revising your writing. If it has extensive grammar problems and the meanings of some statements are not clear, the TA will ask you to revise it.
Assignment Part B—-
Instructions
Respond to each question group with a paragraph. Use complete sentences and revise your work carefully.
1st paragraph: Explain both the apps and the methods that you use to listen to and find music. Rather than just list the apps, explain how you use them to find music. For example, do you get suggestions from software, based on your previous choices? Search tracks based on input from friends? Search by genre, by playlists? Follow what appears on your social media feed? In other words, what choices determine the music you typically hear?
2nd paragraph: How do you think that these ways of encountering music you just described affect the kinds of music that you are exposed to? Are there types of music you’re aware you would enjoy, but don’t usually encounter because they don’t appear through your normal ways of finding music?
3rd paragraph: This week’s readings and film on the music industry described a range of different fears that people have about changes in the popular music business. As summarized at the end of the instructor’s lecture, explain whether you share any of those worries or not, and why. Do you feel like there is anything you would like to change about your own habits, and if so, what?
Grading Criteria
To earn a grade of Complete, your response must meet the following criteria:
You address the questions listed above, with three paragraphs that reflect careful thought.
It does not contain significant grammar or spelling errors, and reflects time spent revising your writing. If it has extensive grammar problems and the meanings of some statements are not clear, the TA will ask you to revise it.

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How does her argument on this topic relate to Lawrence Lessig’s main arguments in his lecture “Laws that choke creativity”?

Learning Goal: I’m working on a music theory writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.
This week, you have a choice between two different WA prompts, one that goes further into the close listening you have practiced on the prior two WAs, or another option that builds on this week’s lectures and readings on IP and copyright law. Please choose only one of these WA prompts to complete and submit! (Do not submit both.)
Option 1: Close listening practice
This assignment is a kind of experiment: You will listen and reflect on musical examples based on the sounds alone, without any information about the traditions or context. To start, review the tracks on this Spotify “WA3 playlist.” (Links to an external site.) Pick 2 tracks from the playlist and listen carefully to each several times. Some tracks will include singing in languages you cannot understand, but again, as part of this experiment, you can ignore the words’ meaning and should focus your attention on the sounds alone.
After listening carefully to both tracks several times, write a response of roughly 2 paragraphs, addressing these questions:
Summarize the features of each track’s sounds that especially stand out to you. You can discuss any aspect of the music you consider important, including rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, the way the music changes over time, or other qualities. But as in the past two assignments, rather than only describing your overall feeling or emotion, you should also connect your response to specific sounds and details that you notice through careful listening.
In addition, please compare the 2 tracks you selected: In what ways are those details in their sounds similar, and in what ways are they different?
You can address each question above in its own paragraph, or write a response that is organized in any other way, as long as it is roughly 2 paragraphs and addresses all of the questions.
Grading Criteria for Option 1To earn a grade of Complete, your response must meet the following criteria:
You address the questions listed above, in a way that reflects careful listening.
It does not contain significant grammar or spelling errors, and reflects time spent revising your writing. If it has extensive grammar problems and the meanings of some statements are not clear, the TA will ask you to revise it.
It follows the basics of the instructions above, i.e. it discusses 2 songs/pieces of music from the Spotify list linked above, and is roughly 2 paragraphs long.
Option 2: Music and intellectual property laws
This assignment asks you to summarize some of the ideas in this weeks assigned materials, and then to respond with your own opinion on a related question. Please write a response of roughly two paragraphs that reflects careful thought and attention to the questions below as well as the related readings/videos. Make sure that most of your response is in your own words, with a minimum of quotes from other sources. In any cases where you do use other sources, be sure to follow proper citation practices and academic integrity guidelines as summarized in this class announcement. Also, avoid directly quoting from instructor lecture slideshows.
First paragraph: What does Joanna Demers mean (p. 7) by “the conflation of transformative appropriation… with plagiarism… and music piracy,” and why is she concerned with the way this conflation often takes place in the application of copyright law? How does her argument on this topic relate to Lawrence Lessig’s main arguments in his lecture “Laws that choke creativity”?
Second paragraph: The Demers book and the Lessig presentation are both from around 15 years ago. Do you think that the problems they discuss and the framework of analysis they provide for dealing with those problems are relevant today? Why or why not? In responding, you may wish to draw on examples from your own experience as a consumer of popular music and media.
Grading Criteria for Option 2To earn a grade of Complete, your response must meet the following criteria:
You address both question groups listed above, in a way that reflects careful reflection and engagement with the assigned materials.
It does not contain significant grammar or spelling errors, and reflects time spent revising your writing. If it has extensive grammar problems and the meanings of some statements are not clear, the TA will ask you to revise it.
It follows the basics of the instructions above, i.e. it addresses both questions and is roughly 2 paragraphs long.
FYI: assigned movie link–
and Video: “Laws that choke creativity” by Lawrence Lessig.