Part Level activities are optional, but since your final grade is based on your accumulated total points, students who are aiming for an “A” generally do at least one optional activity to ensure they get sufficient points by the end of the quarter.
For each of the parts of the class, you are invited to do one or both of the following activities:
Concert Report: Attend and write about a ‘live classical music concert’ (200 points) or watch a filmed classical music concert (100 points).
Synthesis Essays: Summarize the essential information/concepts in one (100 points) or two (200 points) of the modules in that Part.
The activities are described below but submitted in the submittal box that you will see once you click “Begin” below. If you run into difficulties, copy and paste your essay into a private message to Dr. Barkley (preferred) or to her e-mail ([email protected]) prior to the deadline.
Option 1: Concert Reports
Live Concert (200 points) or Filmed Concert (100 points)
Choose concerts of “classical music” (preferably within the historical styles we study in this course) as that will help deepen your learning in this class.
For the concert report,
take notes on a concert you attend THIS quarter (sorry, you can’t recall seeing a concert from earlier – the learning goal is for you to connect what you are learning in this course as you listen to the concert) and submit these notes with your essay;
write a 500-word essay describing with some specificity what you did/heard/saw; and
attach an image of something that validates your attendance (e.g., scan your ticket, a photo of you at the concert hall, etc.). Use your “good student’ adult-level judgment on this, as we are simply trying to honor the efforts of the vast majority of honest students by preventing dishonest students from claiming attendance for something they didn’t attend. If we don’t receive reasonable verification of your attendance, we will question the validity of your essay and you will not receive credit.
You can supplement your report with appropriately cited information from program notes or other sources, but the report should be truly in your own words. Directly copied information is considered a violation of academic honesty.
“Filmed Concert” Alternative: One student suggested that for half credit (e.g., up to 100 points), students could watch a film of a concert. Since a filmed concert is valuable but doesn’t match the intensity and experience of a live concert, his suggestion seems appropriate. Follow the directions above but instead of attaching an image related to the live concert experience, explain how/when you saw the film (e.g., rented from NetFlix, on PBS television, etc) and attach an image that verifies this. As with the live concert, use your ‘adult’ judgment for what is appropriate. Do not use YouTube clips, as these are incomplete and do not give you the audio experience of a real concert. One film that I (Dr. Barkley) saw that I believe is a bit of a stretch but still relates to all of the Music 2 classes since it integrates various cultures’ ‘classical’ music is “Playing for Change: Songs Around The World.” It is reasonably short (only 5 songs) but very powerful.
Option 2: Module Synthesis Essay(s)
Two Modules: 200 Points
One Module: 100 Points
If you are really interested in learning, we invite you to write a 500-word module synthesis essay on a module, which provides a great opportunity to set the information in your own mind. You may select up to two modules from each Part (one essay per module, so two essays if you choose to do two modules). Synthesizing is a high-level cognitive task (it took me over an hour to create the ‘example’ synthesis essay on the music of Korea below) but if you take the time and put in the mental hard work to come up with your unique, personal synthesis, it is well worth it because you are more likely to learn and remember the material.
To synthesize a module, you read the module text, taking note of the separate elements of information that you find most interesting or relevant that you want to remember. You then re-write this information in your own language to form a coherent whole. You might consider framing the task as follows: Imagine you are at a party long after this class is finished and someone asks, “What do you know about ___________(e.g., opera)?” Your synthesis essay is your answer.
This is an optional activity and you may choose to do a synthesis essay for none, one, or two of the modules within a Part. Synthesis essays are due in ‘batches,’ such that all the module essays for a Part are due at the Part Level deadline. Do not submit your essays incrementally; wait until you are ready to submit all the essays for that “Part.” In other words, don’t do Module 1 Synthesis, submit it, and then come back later to submit Module 3 Synthesis, as the system will not allow you to do so
Be sure to rewrite things into your own words and rely only on the module text. Your essay will be compared against the module itself as well as all other students’ and internet-based writing on the topic.
We recommend that you write your essay in a word processing program like Microsoft Word, then check for grammar, spelling, and word count (write a minimum of 500 words, but not more than 600 words). Then copy and paste it into the Answer box in the appropriate assignment (in Assignments, Tests, and Surveys.)
Each module synthesis will be graded on content combined with its “Originality Rating” (the percentage Turnitin designates as reflecting how much your writing is original writing as opposed to simply copying). Excellent to Superior (90-100); Very Good (80-89); Good (70-79); Acceptable (60-69); Unacceptable (0 to a potential of -100)
Choose one (100 pts) or two (200) pts modules per Part.