To explore how national identity is defined through music by comparing national anthems from different regions. To conduct research using SU library databases. To synthesize and evaluate findings.
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Begin by evaluating the purpose of national anthems. Discuss the various occasions you encounter a national anthem. What does it invoke and does it sound the same each time?
Select two national anthems from two of the following regions:
Africa (excluding South Africa)
Middle East (excluding Israel)
Research the history of the two anthems. When, why, and by whom did it come to be composed and adopted? Two sources must come from the library database.
Describe important musical features of the two anthems.
For the thesis of the essay, explain what you consider as the main reasons for the difference and similarities between the anthems.
Provide an original title for your paper. Your paper should be proofread, double-spaced, in 12-point font, and have at least 600 words (please include a wordcount).
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Criteria for success
The persuasiveness of thesis
Quality of research and citation
Clarity in organization and sentence structure