Final Exam Questions
You are to answer ALL of the following:
REQUIRED: QUESTION 1 and 2
Describe and explain the significance of the following three technologies/formats to the act of making music popular: 1) the radio; 2) television; 3) downloadable music and portables (e.g. streaming platforms such as Spotify, YouTube Music, Tidal, Amazon; and the iPod, iPad, mp3 player). For each format, use course materials/readings or any other research materials to describe each technology/format in relation to one band or artist we have studied in the course (that is, one artist for radio, one for TV, one for downloadable music and portables – 3 artists, one for each format)), and describe how their popularity is influenced and/or augmented by these technologies.
Radio – detailed description of format in relation to popularity + artist relation (5 points)
Television – detailed description of format in relation to popularity + artist relation (5 points)
Downloadable Music/Portables – detailed description of format in relation to popularity + artist relation (5 points)
Pretend you are a music journalist. Begin by listening to/watching the following four songs:
– The Ramones: “Blitzkrieg Bop”
– Donna Summer: “I Feel Love”
– Nirvana: “Come As You Are”
– Wu-Tang Clan: “Triumph (ft. Cappadonna)”
Briefly describe how music can establish new stylistic and/or aesthetic trajectories in the popular music industries. Then, write a short question and answer interview between yourself and two of these four bands/artists. You are to creatively come up with the questions and answers, present them in an interview format, and ensure that the response comments on the nature of music and new stylistic/aesthetic trajectories. You have the freedom to determine what you will discuss within this larger theme, so please be creative with this one. For each artist interview, incorporate at least one concept we have discussed in course materials that specifically relates to the artist themselves. You might choose one question per artist, with lengthy answers, or a few short questions for each, with shorter answers.
Overall description of how music can establish new stylistic and/or aesthetic trajectories in the popular music industries- 5 points
Interview 1* – 5 points
Interview 2* – 5 points
*Interview points include, among other elements, the creative, engaging nature of the interview, accuracy of references, and discussion of the relevant concepts in relation to the artist.
Point deductions and conditions of the final exam:
-Improperly labelled files or incorrect file formats (word, rtf, or any other file format) = 2 points deducted for each infraction
-No citations = 5 points deducted per question. Even though this exam is open book, you will absolutely be having/using citations for the final exam on all of your questions. Include all songs listened to (yes, even the songs that are listed on question 2), taken from books, taken from videos, or anything referenced in our lectures or taken from any piece of material that isn’t yours. As with the other assignments, there is no required format style, any style or source listing you chose is fine. CITE EVERYTHING USED!!!
-Poor presentation/layout/writing not double-spaced = 3 points per infraction. A well-presented (or at least professional-looking) header of some kind is expected, and its up to you how to present your document(s) (information to include is your name, class, and teacher). You might consider a cover page or introductory page. This is your final exam, and I’ll be looking for a bit of extra effort on the overall presentation side of things. I’ll also be deducting points of poor layouts, formats, or confusing fonts and arrangements.
Please cite all the sources used, in-text and at the end, both in questions 1 and 2, regardless of format.
2 pages for question 1
2 pages for question 2, each interview takes 1 page.
Final Exam Questions