Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Highlands College: MUSC 1100

Music Appreciation

Robert Adams, Associate Professor of Music

Final Project: An eight to ten minute power point presentation plus musical performance that presents the life of a modern classical composer and composition that is featured on the second listening exam. The presentations will be presented in groups.

Purpose: Students will learn how to research and present a musical artistís life and works using a variety of resources.

Procedure: Each group will choose a musical artist or composer from a portion of the second listening exam list and create a power point presentation that covers the life and works of the artist. In order to receive full credit the presentation must contain the following information:

Briefly introduce the artist, his/her life, and why this person is important to music. Include biographical information such as: date of birth and death, life history (education, employment, and family), most important works (greatest hits will suffice), and how the artist fits into the parameters of the musical period (for instance their influence on others or how they relate to other composers previously covered in the class or other movements).

The presentation should also include an example of the artistís music. This project is tied to the second listening exam. Each group should focus on the composition that is included on the second listening exam and also play the piece in its entirety during the presentation. Please find an example of the composition on youtube for the class that is a recorded live performance (not a movie example or photo/slide show example).

The information included within the power point presentation should not be merely read by the members of your group. Power points should be outlines that are easily read by the audience while the presenters add important information throughout the presentation.

Works cited: This is a very important aspect of the project and adheres to the mission of IC @ GHC. It demonstrates that you and your group have done research and that your presentation is grounded in legitimate factual sources. You must document three sources, only one allowed from the internet (Wikipedia is NOT allowed.) Check the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, your textbook, other books at the school library, and public libraries for sources.

Works Cited format should follow the MLA guidelines.†

The presentation will be worth 100 points and the grading is outlined by the following rubric.

Presentation contains little information

5 points

Presentation contains basic information

10 points

Presentation contains good information

15 points

Presentation contains outstanding information

20 points

Points granted

Biographical & Cultural Information

Important compositions & their historical significance

Selected Music and other visual/audio aids

Presentation was engaging and exciting

Works Cited Page using proper MLA format



Students should be able to:

  • Determine the nature and extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Demonstrate IC through writing or other modes of communication

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