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Performance Paper: Online AlternativePrompt: Select a living artist in any genre of popular music who currently records and performs original music. Focus on one or two aspects of the artist’s identity, analyze how these aspects are expressed in their performances and discuss how they function within their respective music cultures. Your best sources will be music videos, live performances online, interviews and audio tracks. Objectives:To understand how identities are presented through music performanceTo learn how to conduct academic research on current and historical topicsTo develop skills in constructing effective arguments and demonstrating critical thinkingRequirements: You must use at least three different videos (that is, three different songs) as primary subject material to analyze your artist’s performances. They can be either excerpts of live performances (streaming or video) or official music videos, or both. If you find raw footage of an entire full-length concert by a single artist, or if you “attend” an entire live-streamed performance (as many artists are doing right now since they can’t tour) you may use that as your primary subject material instead of three videos. You may use documentaries about your artist for background research, but these will NOT suffice as your primary subject material because you need to create your own narrative context. You can include all the audio-only tracks you want, as these will help you analyze lyrics, vocal style and instrumentation, but these must be in addition to the three videos or raw concert footage. Your paper should include a clear thesis statement at the beginning. Your paper should be 5-6 pages in length. You must use at least 2 scholarly sources to support your arguments. All sources used for your paper MUST be cited and listed in your bibliography. Be sure to consult the Paper Formatting Template and Citation Guide, available on Canvas.Things to focus on in your research: Artist’s background and history. Do some preliminary research before choosing your artist, so you can focus on someone you find interesting whose music you like. Artist’s presentation in videos and online live performances. Focus on all the aspects of performance we’ve discussed this semester including bodily movement, facial expression, attire, lyrics, vocal style and instrumentation. Music culture. The music culture your artist comes from will provide the context for interpreting the meaning of their presentation. This term is often synonymous with genre, although despite how strictly the recording and radio industries try to categorize them, most artists say they don’t fit squarely into just one specific genre. So….   …Look to the traditions. Music genres are almost always hybrids, so look for the traditions from which they came in order to locate identities. For example, you recall that EDM comes from the disco tradition, which developed from gay, African-American and Afro-Latinx communities in New York City. Those are distinct sexual, cultural, racial and regional identities. Fandom. The audience is a vital component of all music cultures. Find out who the fans are, and how and why the music resonates with them. Your experience writing the identity paper will come in handy here. Things to consider for your paper:Remember the identity categories: cultural, racial, national, political, regional, class, gender, sexual or religious. Merriam’s model can be a useful place to start; write down what you know about the sound, behavior and ideas/concepts of the genre you’re focusing on.   In which aspects of their music and performances are the artist’s identity most prominent? In which genre does the artist perform, and what are the expectations and assumptions associated with it? What issues or ideas was the artist negotiating, reinforcing or challenging? Remember to support all your claims with specific examples, and by answering the questions of how and why.Tips: The artist MUST be from a genre of popular music (no classical, musical theatre or cover bands), but they do not necessarily have to be famous.  Local or indie artists can be good candidates for identity exploration, and are generally more accessible than big stars. For example, you may be able to interview them via email. Review your TA’s comments on your Identity Paper, and apply them to your Performance Paper. Improvements in your writing will be taken into account during grading. Find out if your artist has a Facebook and/or Twitter account, and follow them during the semester. Look for online interviews with your artists, and use them in your paper. These aren’t scholarly sources, but they are primary sources (first-hand accounts) and excellent ways to present your artists’ perspectives. Make sure to consult the MUSC215 Citation Guide under “Writing Tools” in Modules. It not only includes examples on how to cite online interviews, but also my lectures, online performances/videos, social media, books and journals. Research is a process, and is best conducted gradually rather than all at once in a desperate last-minute rush. While it’s all right to use first person voice occasionally in the humanities, this paper is not about you. The focus should be on the artist and music culture, so be careful not to over-personalize it. Evaluation: Your paper will be evaluated on:  strength of your thesis and focus on identity/identities throughout (30%), performance analysis and background research (25%), organization (20%), narrative clarity and grammar (15%), scholarly sources and citations (10%). DUE DATE: Thursday, May 7 by 11:59pm. Papers should be turned in via Canvas.