The Music and… Playlist is a semester-long scaffolded writing assignment that I designed to replace a midterm and final exam. (Scaffolding refers to breaking a larger writing assignment into step-by-step, cumulative stages.) This assignment requires students to: choose a social topic (e.g. coming of age, feminism, holidays); write a topic proposal describing how their topic relates to music; choose six pieces of music from different genres; write short playlist entries that discuss the social and musical characteristics of each piece; and create a slide presentation summary. The document below includes handouts for each stage of the assignment.
Instructor: Samuel Teeple
Course: Introduction to Music (a.k.a. Exploring Music, MUSIC 1)