Spiritual To Rock And Roll

Michael Jackson

You will choose a musical repertoire or genre and prepare a Research Paper and Presentation. How does the repertoire you’ve chosen relate to issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, or other definers of identity? Bear in mind that while lyrics and performance are important, you must address musical issues as well. Cite 3-4 scholarly articles using MLA style formatting as your resources for the background paper. Provide a listening example of the genre that can be played by your classmates. Include lyrics, if your music has lyrics, and some guide or explanation of the music itself that guides the listeners through the performance. Videos found online may be used if the video enhances or explains the music in some way. If a video of the performance is used, a listening guide should be provided as well.


1. Please make sure that the body of your paper is at least 1000 words long, NOT including the quotation of lengthy lyrics or your works cited/bibliography. 

2. Please make sure that your paper clearly connects your chosen artist(s) to a relevant identity issue and that you explain how this identity issue is specifically found in both the career and music of the artist(s).

3. Please make sure that your paper considers your topic from multiple perspectives, presents your own conclusion about the topic, and considers at least one of the course values in relation to the topic (preferably “Excellence”).

4. Your PowerPoint only needs to be 3-5 slides long and should include key information (bullet points) about your topic, along with a few images (pictures) and the song list (including links to songs and/or videos on YouTube).