Write a five paragraph expository* research essay on one of the following topics, or suggest a music-related topic of your own (it must be approved by myself). All topics should be narrowed to a specific point (thesis). The essay must include a minimum of three secondary sources, but direct quotes cannot take up more than 10% of the essay. The essay should be between 800-1000 words in length. Due date 11:59 Thursday, Nov. 4th. The essay is worth 20% of your total mark.

General topics:

How was music used as a tool by a specific political party (Hitler’s Nazi Socialist party, for example)?

Explore and analyze the reasons for various musicians’ opposition to Donald Trump’s use of their music at political rallies.

Why was Bob Dylan awarded the Nobel Prize for literature?

Why was Kendrick Lamar awarded the Pulitzer prize for music?

Analyze the origins and history of a specific musical instrument.

Analyze the origins of a particular musical style (excluding Jazz, Country, and Hip-hop).

* An expository essay aims to be objective, but it does not have to make an original argument. Rather, it aims to explain something (e.g., a process or idea) in a clear, concise