Paper Proposal Guidelines
Due Thursday, February 23, 2012
The research project focuses on roots music and identity. In other words, it’s about the relationship between people’s music and who they are.
Your paper proposal should include four things.
This is just a proposal, so if you find different artists or songs or want to change your title or focus you can do that later. If you want to make a major change to the paper, please run it by me first.
Choosing a good topic is sometimes difficult. A topic like “Irish American music” is too general—people have written whole books on the subject. One approach is to start with a personal connection you have, like your favorite band, your family background, or the church you attend, and try to connect it to a larger theme. For example, if you like Mumford & Sons, you might investigate the British bluegrass scene and how non-Americans connect with American music; if you belong to a church with a unique musical culture (anything outside of a mainstream hymnal) you might write about the people who attend the church and how their music is an expression of who they are.
In addition to sound recordings, you will be required to use print sources (books and academic articles) for your report, so you might start looking for sources. I have some books that I can put on reserve in the library.
Here are a few topics I came up with. I’m sure you can do better!