Discuss the role of the Church (i.e., the Catholic Church, and later Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation) in the development of music

Midterm Essay Guidelines

• Three pages (not including title page) • 12-point type, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, double spaced • Use a title page: title of paper, name, date—do not include title on first page of text • Using Chicago style citation, cite one source; you can use your book (Music: An Appreciation) as your one source Topics 1. Compare and contrast two adjacent eras in music (i.e., the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; the Renaissance and the Baroque; the Baroque and the Classical). Consider stylistic differences, major composers, the impetus for musical composition (what purpose(s) did music serve), and the development of genres (the mass, motets, symphonies, etc.). 2. Discuss the role of the Church (i.e., the Catholic Church, and later Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation) in the development of music. Consider the advancement of music organization (the categorization of chants), the development of notational systems, the role of specific sacred genres (chants, the mass, chorales, etc.), and the patronage system under the Church. 3. Write a biographical summary of a major composer. Include their significant works, musical contributions, and some attributes of their style (these can be more general to the period). General Rules for Writing o If you use a quote or paraphrase from a source, then use a footnote (see below) o Do not plagiarize; if you use another writer’s words, make it a quote o Use concise language; avoid filler words such as “very” or “really” unless absolutely necessary o Do not use contractions (e.g., don’t or I’ve) o Use the correct tense: biographical details should be in the past tense, analytical observations should, usually, be in the present tense o Do not state your opinions as fact; make sure the reader (me) is aware of conjecture o Avoid the second person in academic writing (i.e., you, your); first person and third person are both fine o Proofread your work! Many simple mistakes can be fixed by rereading every sentence after you write it; it also helps to make sure that every sentence is logical and complet

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