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Define the musical term: Funk o Share a brief biography of each of the two bands you chose.

Due Date: 11:59 pm EST Sunday of Unit 5 Points: 100 Overview: For each week in our course, you will consider music as a cultural artifact and be assigned either a piece of music or a specific musical artist to explore and analyze for the week. This week, you will be listening to music from the funk genre. As you have read this week, Fun is a musical trend of the late 1970s that came into music through Jazz. It referred to a simpler, more blues-oriented style and featured a strong, powerful rhythmic “groove.” In addition to your etextbook, you should expect to complete some research online to respond to these questions. Be sure to use vetted resources—if you aren’t sure what a reliable source is, remember, you can use the CRAP test to determine if your source is reliable! Resources that might help you:

 Tony Aguirre. (2017, Feb 27). The history of funk music.

 History of funk. (2019). The Funk Hall of Fame.



 On the internet or your phone, listen to TWO of the following songs from the funk genre in the list below:

o Wild Cherry, “Play that Funky Music” o Lyn Collins, “Think (About It)” o Isley Brothers, “It’s Your Thing” o War, “Lowrider” o Marvin Gaye, “Got to Give It Up” o James Brown, “Papas Got A Brand New Bag” o Funkadelic, “One Nation Under a Groove” o Sly and the Family Stone, “Thank You” o Rufus and Chaka Khan, “Tell Me Something Good” o Kool and the Gang, “Jungle Boogie” o Kool and the Gabg, “Get Down on It” o The Commodores, “Brick House” o Rick James, “Super Freak” o Zapp, “Bounce to the Ounce”

MUS 121 – Rhythm Blues and Hip Hop

Unit 5 – Funk – Music as a Cultural Artifact – Guided Listening Assignment


 After listening to your TWO selections, answer the following questions in a word document:

o Define the musical term: Funk o Share a brief biography of each of the two bands you chose. o Name the members of each of these bands. o Examine the lyrics and share the lines of each song which are your

favorite and/or made an impression on you. o What are the ideas being addressed in each of these songs? o What is the date that the original music was written? What is the date that

this original recording was made/released ? o Has anyone else recorded the two songs you have chosen? If so, find one

YouTube recording of “covers” of each the two songs you have chosen if they are available. If nothing is available, please indicate that as well.

o List the instruments you hear in these recordings. Are each of these songs the same or different instrumentation?

o How would you describe the rhythm? 1950s shuffle rhythm, ska, rock steady, reggae?

o What was your favorite thing about the performances/recordings? o What emotions did the performances/recordings make you feel when you

heard it? Requirements:

 Three to four pages in length, excluding the Reference page.

 APA format, including an in-text citation for referenced works.

 At least four resources.

Be sure to read the criteria by which your work will be evaluated before you write and again after you write.



Evaluation Rubric for Guided Listening Assignments

CRITERIA Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement


54-60 points 48-53 points 36-47 points 0-35 points


Subject matter is thoroughly addressed.

Arguments are well elaborated

and fully supported by

scholarly research and

specific examples.

Subject matter is fairly well

addressed. Arguments are supported by

scholarly research but

could be further elaborated with specific details.

Subject matter is adequately addressed.

Arguments are partially

supported by scholarly research.

Subject matter is minimally addressed.

Opinions are offered, but

arguments lack scholarly backing

9-10 points 8 points 6-7 points 0-5 points

Musical Selections

Incorporates all required musical


Incorporates some musical


Incorporates one of the musical


Missing musical

selections requirements

9-10 points 8 points 6-7 points 0-5 points

Scholarly Sources

4 or more resources

3 resources 2 resources 0-1 resource

9-10 points 8 points 6-7 points 0-5 points

Paper Length 3 pages 2 pages 1 page 0 pages or more than

three pages

9-10 points 8 points 6-7 points 0-5 points

Clear and Professional Writing with APA Format

Errors impede professional presentation; guidelines not


Significant errors that do not

impede professional presentation.

Few errors that do not impede professional presentation.

Writing and format are

clear, professional,

APA compliant, and error free.

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