you will compose at 1250-1500 (5-6) pages that examines the significance of a composer/musician/band of your choice and argue for this person’s contribution to music. In other words, your essay will answer the question: how has this composer/musician/band influenced other musicians? Some questions to consider:
- How has this composer/musician/band influenced the genre of their music?
- How has this composer/musician/band influenced other genres of music?
- How has this composer/musician/band influenced other composers/musicians?
- In other words, what is their musical influence?
In order to prove this influence, you will need to conduct a comparative analysis of at least two other significant composers/musicians/bands.
Introduction: Identify your composer/musician/band and offer a general argument about their significance. This section should demonstrate a strong understanding of the artists’ contributions to music and conclude with a thesis statement that answers one of the above questions.
Body Paragraphs: Organize paragraphs around one specific area of influence. For example, if you are arguing for Marvin Gaye’s influence on Bruno Mars you could organize a paragraph on the hypnotic hooks that define Mars’ music. In this paragraph, you would compare at least one Marvin Gaye song to at least one Mars’ song. Every paragraph would offer this kind of comparative analysis.
Hint: The most persuasive essays would look at different aspects of the composer/musician/band’s sound and organize paragraphs around these aspects. They would also avoid obvious composer/musician/bands like Michael Jackson, Elvis, Prince, etc.
Conclusion: Reinforce the composers/musicians/band’s contemporary influence.