In this paper you will compare, contrast, and discuss two cultures that we have studied in class. I
have provided a series of links and youtubes to get you started, and of course, your textbook will
be an invaluable guide. But donâ€™t stop there! Use these as a stepping off point to see what you
can discover about this culture and what you find interesting.
You may choose which TWO of the cultures that we have discussed in class to explore. Do not
choose a culture you were raised in for this portion or you will not be able to complete the fourth
section of this assignment. You must demonstrate a sound understanding of each culture and its
music. A sound understanding of each culture and music will include the following:
1. Describe both of the cultures including religious beliefs, political systems, history, and
any salient details required to understand the role of music within the culture. Next
describe the music (e.g. what is the aesthetic, instrumentation, main characteristics, etc.).
At least three sources must be cited (in the standard citation form of your preference) for
2. Describe what role the music plays within the cultures chosen. How is it used? What are
the cultures attitudes towards the music? Are there different uses for the music? Has this
changed over the years? Include at least one embedded YouTube clip and explain why it
is important for your explanation/discussion. Points will be taken off if this step is not
followed. Be sure to explain prominent musical styles and artists.
3. Compare what is similar and what is different between the cultures you chose to study.
Please be very specific. For example, you could discuss how the internet (or lack of) has
impacted the transmission of music, the different instruments used, how music is used in
the culture, etc. How does the music reflect the culture (i.e. what does it say about the
people who engage in it?)
4. Compare and contrast this to the culture you were raised in (going to a concert vs. music
as a way of life, for example). Has this course changed how you view your own culture
and other cultures? If so, explain.
It is expected this paper will be 4-7 pages long. The maximum word count accepted is 2,000.
Anything longer than this will not be read in its entirety.
You must turn in your signed, completed checklist with the paper. Use it as the cover sheet.
This is for your benefit, to help make sure you have completed each section completely.
Use Times New Roman 12-point font and 1-inch margins. This is not always the default. Be
sure to double check before submitting it. Double space.