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Contemporary Music Influence
Grading
See assessment rubric attached.
Materials
Use the Module 6 Required Reading in your textbook, the Module 6 Online Exploration, and your own independent research as your guides for writing this evaluation.
Instructions
For this Music Evaluation, select ONE of the TWO discussion options below. Read all options below, choose one for the essay, and post your response.
Option A: 
Influences on Contemporary Music
Option B: 
Influences on K-pop Music
1. Locate and select a contemporary music video released after January 1, 2000, by any composer / performer that has an easily sharable URL that can be viewed by your classmates.
Youtube and Soundcloud both have large libraries of easily shareable songs.
2. Carefully listen to your selected song and critically examine its components, style, context, and influence. You may also wish to refer back to the Module 6 Required Online Exploration resources as well as the required pages in your textbook.
3. Do research and find the relevant information required in step 4. Be sure to cite the websites, books, textbook, etc. where you found the information.
4. Now that you’ve carefully examined the work of music you selected, write a new thread of at least 200 words, in which you:
Identify the song and artist / band that you chose.
Provide a brief biography of your chosen artist / band.
Describe the artist’s / band’s style of music.
Identify at least one musician, band or musical style from the textbook or online exploration that influenced your chosen song. (Consider similarities in components, style, and/or context).
Indicate how you came to that conclusion and include specific evidence from the text, your research, your online exploration, and your chosen song that supports your arguments. 
Include the URL (hyperlink) to your chosen song.
Explain why you chose the song, using your knowledge of musical components, styles, and history.
5. Listen to at least two of your classmates’ chosen contemporary songs, read their original posts, and write replies of at least 50 words per reply to at least two different classmates (total of 100 words), in which you:
Identify at least one additional similar band or musical style that influenced your classmate’s chosen song that was not already identified by your classmate. Include evidence supporting your argument and cite your source(s).
1. Using online resources and/or other research, familiarize yourself with the South Korean pop (K-pop) group Girls’ Generation and find your favorite song / video from their work that has an easily shareable URL that can be viewed by your classmates.
The South Korean pop group Girls’ Generation has been a phenomenal success across many parts of Asia since it hit the scene in 2007. They have been compared to the sensation that was created in the 1960s by the Beatles.
Using the internet, find out as much information as possible about Girls’ Generation. Use the guiding questions in #2 below to guide your research.
Suggested resources (be sure to cite these sources too if you reference them):
Girls’ Generation Youtube Channel 
Billboard’s Girl’s Generation artist site 
Dazed’s article “Girls’ Generation’s K-pop reign” 
The New Yorker’s article “Factory Girls” 
2. Carefully listen to a few Girls’ Generation songs and critically examine their components, style, context, and influence. You may also wish to refer back to the Module 6 Required Online Exploration resources as well as the required pages in your textbook.
3. Do research and find the relevant information required in step 3. Be sure to cite the websites, books, textbook, etc. where you found the information.
4. Now that you’ve carefully examined band Girls’ Generation, their work, and their critical reception, write a new thread of at least 200 words, in which you:
Provide a brief biography of the band.
Describe the band’s style of music.
Identify at least one musician, band or musical style that has influenced the musical work of Girls’ Generation. (Consider similarities in components, style, and/or context).
Indicate how you came to that conclusion and include specific evidence from the text, your research, your online exploration, and your chosen song that supports your arguments. 
Identify your favorite song by Girls’ Generation and indicate why it’s your favorite.
Include the URL (hyperlink) to your favorite Girls’ Generation song.
Using your knowledge of musical components, styles, and history, explain why this band stayed popular for eight years in Asia given that no other exclusively female band has lasted more than just a few years in America.
5. Read at least two of your classmates’ original posts, and write replies of at least 50 words per reply to at least two different classmates (total of 100 words), in which you:
Identify at least one additional similarity or influence on Girl’ Generation’s musical work that was not already identified by your classmate. Include evidence supporting your argument and cite your source(s).
Tip: For best results on options A or B, use the letter next to each prompt listed above (a – g) for each of your responses. 

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