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Research Paper Assignment

Research Project



You will be assigned a composer from the Baroque or Classic era. Your discussion will center on a composition of your choice that reflects that composer’s stylistic characteristics as well as how it fits within the musical conventions of the era. Include musical examples (embedded in the body of paper) as needed to support your text. Address biographical information briefly and as it pertains to the composer’s musical influences and development. Finally, be sure to discuss his or her impact on contemporary and future musical culture.



  • 8-10 pages of text length (not including title page, footnotes, musical examples, bibliography, or other addenda).
  • Typed in 12-pt. black Times New Roman font, double spaced.
  • Standard 1-inch margins.
  • Pages numbered in lower right corner (not including title page).
  • Title Page (see attached example for format).
  • Bibliography, must include a minimum of 4 journal articles and 4 books. Credible scholarly on-line sources are permissible; NO Wikipedia. In addition, include bibliographic information for any musical scores and audio recordings you consult.No fewer than eight secondary sources; you may use no more than two websites and two tertiary sources.
  • Final paper should be stapled in upper left corner.



Footnotes using Chicago Manual of Style/Turabian formatting. Also, be sure to cite any musical examples you may include in the body of your paper. Any direct quotations or paraphrased ideas must be cited. Common knowledge (that which is self-evident or facts that may be found in a variety of sources) does not need to be cited.


Due Dates: (hard copies; due at beginning of class on the given date):


Thesis statement due September 15
Working Outline and Bibliography due September 29
First draft due October 29
Final product due December 3




Make use of the Writing Center in the Academic Resource Center (ARC); the best writers seek help and advice from others.

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