Exploration DocumentTania FarhatHUM200Cultural Artifacts"Composition" is the act or practice of creating a song, an instrumental music piece, a work with both singing and instruments, or another type of music. In many cultures, including Western classical music, the act of composing also includes the creation of music notation, such as a sheet music "score", which is then performed by the composer or by other singers or musicians. In popular music and traditional music, the act of composing, which is typically called songwriting, may involve the creation of a basic outline of the song, called the lead sheet, which sets out the melody, lyrics and chord progression. In classical music, the composer typically orchestrates her own compositions, but in musical theatre and in pop music, songwriters may hire an arranger to do the orchestration. In some cases, a songwriter may not use notation at all, and instead compose the song in her mind and then play or record it from memory. In jazz and popular music, notable recordings by influential performers are given the weight that written scores play in classical music.Common ThemeThe Stage Manager often notes that time seems to pass quickly for the people in theplay. At one point, having not looked at his watch for a while,the Stage Manager misjudges thetime.At one point, having not looked at his watch for a while,the Stage Manager misjudges the time, which demonstrates that sometimeseven the timekeeper himself falls victim to the passage of time.Personal Experience
The theme of patriotism is all around me, as I live in Michigan with a strong sense ProfessionDr. Wintz is a specialist in the Harlem Renaissance and in African American political thought. Wintz is an author or editor of numerous books including Harlem Speaks; BlackCulture and the Harlem Renaissance; African American Political Thought, 1890–1930; African Americans and the Presidency: The Road to the White House; and The Harlem Renaissance in the West. He served as an editor of the Oxford University Press five-volume Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present, and the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Routledge). He is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Rice University and Kansas State University.Humanities ResourcesChoose your subject carefully, keeping in mind the amount of time you have to write the paper, the length of the paper, your intended audience and the limits of the resources.Check in the library to make sure a reasonable amount of information is available on the subject you choose.The topic of the paper is what you want to say about the subject.To narrow the topic, you need to read background articles about your subject in encyclopedias and other general references.Before you begin your research for your paper, you need to compose a thesis statement that describes the viewpoint you are going to express and support in your paper.A thesis must not contain elements that are not clearly related.Poor:All novelists seek the truth; therefore some novelists are good psychologists. Better: In their attempt to probe human nature, many novelists appear to be good psychologists.A thesis should not be written in figurative language.Poor:Religionis the phoenix bird of civilization. Better: As long as man can conceive the idea of a god,
religion will rise to give man a spiritual reason for existence.Evaluate the potential sources as you go along, keeping in mind how well they relate to your topic, how up to date they are and how available they are. Watch for well known authors and try to determine the point of view presented in the articles and whether they sound too technicalor too simplistic.Historical ContextThe historical context for "Music and Arts"when we hear a lion's roar, our ear drum simply receives continuous changes in air pressure. The cochlea, so we are taught, responds to the frequencies and amplitudes of those changes and conveys those responsesto the brain. Our brain, by means largely unknown to us (past experience, instinct, deduction, instruction in roar analysis?) evaluates those time-varying frequencies and amplitudes as a lion's roar. Our brain then derives further information about the actual source of the sound and its meaning. A person in one time or place might interpret the sound to mean "My life is in danger. I must run away from the sound source immediatelyas fast and as far as I can." A person in another time or place might look around calmly for the electronic recording device that produced the simulation of a lion's roar. A person who had never learned to associate that sound with any particular source--e.g., a person who had never heard a similar sound before--might attempt to compare it with other known sounds, or might even remain unconcerned as to what produced the sound.Similarities and DifferencesThere is no objective experience. Facts, figures, ideas, or other information that is not common knowledge Ideas, words, theories, or exact language that another person used in other publications Publications that must be cited include: books, book chapters,
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