Assignment Part 1: Pick and listen to ONE of the following AABA songs discussed

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Assignment Part 1:
Pick and listen to ONE of the following AABA songs discussed in Chapter 4 (you may NOT choose “I Got Rhythm”). Available choices: “Blue Skies”, “Another Op’nin, Another Show”, “Deed I Do”. Versions of these are available on YouTube and Spotify.
Provide some background information on the song such as:
the names of the performer, composer, and lyricist
the commercial success of the recording
how the song fits with the lyrical topics discussed in other Tin Pan Alley songs
Then give a definition, in your own words, for AABA
Describe the differences between AABA, strophic, and twelve-bar blues song forms.
Discuss how each A is different in your Chapter 4 song choice (a slight change in the melody? New instrumentation? How does the lyric change?)
Discuss how the B section is different, musically and/or lyrically, from the A sections (major key or minor key? Lyric topic changes? New instrumentation?).
Assignment Part 2:
Find a later song that qualifies as being in AABA form, anything from the 1940s up to the present day. (Note that recent popular songs in verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus form qualify as AABA songs with each verse-chorus combination being an A section and the bridge, if there is one, being the B section).
Provide the names of the performer, composer, lyricist, and the year of the song’s release.
Then describe the changes between the sections of this song in the same manner as with “I Got Rhythm”.
Submission notes: Submit electronically through Canvas as a Word document.
Citations: Use Chapter 3 of your textbook for the background information on “I Got Rhythm”. Cite this and any other outside courses appropriately using MLA style format (include citations in the body of the paper along with a “works cited” section at the end). Please have at least 80% of the paper be your own words rather than direct quotations.
Midterm Writing Assignment Rubric – American Popular Music
5
3
1
Background information on Chapter 4 AABA song
Background information is complete
Some background information is missing
No background information is given
5
3
1
Background information on second song
Background information is complete
Some background information is missing
No background information is given
10
8
5
1
Definition of AABA form
Definition is accurate with correct use of vocabulary
Definition is mostly complete with correct vocabulary
Definition is incomplete with inaccurate vocabulary
No definition is given
10
8
5
1
Comparison of AABA to strophic and 12-bar blues forms
Comparison is accurate
Comparison is inaccurate
Comparison is either missing or inaccurate with one or both other forms
No comparison is made
10
8
5
1
Explanation of A sections in Chapter 4 song
All three As are explained accurately
Only two As are contrasted or with minor errors
Only one or two of the A sections are explained and inaccurately
No explanation is given
5
4
3
1
Explanation of B section in Chapter 4 song
B is contrasted with the A sections
B is contrasted but with minor errors
B is contrasted with significant errors
No explanation is given
10
8
5
1
Explanation of A sections in second song
All three As are explained accurately
Only two As are contrasted or with minor errors
Only one or two of the A sections are explained and inaccurately
No explanation is given
5
4
3
1
Explanation of B section in second song
B is contrasted with the A sections
B is contrasted but with minor errors
B is contrasted with significant errors
No explanation is given
5
1
Paper Format
Paragraph format is used.
Lacks paragraphs.
5
1
Citations and Bibliography
Paper includes citations and bibliography.
Paper lacks citations and bibliography.
Total possible
70

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