MUS 113 Midterm Project Spring 2021

MIDTERM PROJECT: Due March 30
Podcast: Black Music in the Bing

Binghamton Central High School auditorium, where Paul Robeson gave a concert in 1943.
A reviewer said that ““his deep, rich voice filled the auditorium majestically in Beethoven’s ‘Creation Hymn’ and soothingly in such Negro spirituals… Not once did he lapse into indifference to the meaning of the words he sang.” 
Make a podcast about a Black musician who lives/lived or worked in Binghamton.

Overview:

  • I will be assigning you to one of four groups.
  • There will be four people in each group.
  • Each group will be dedicated to exploring the life, work, and legacy of one of the following Black musicians who live/lived and/or worked in the Binghamton area.
  • Some groups will be working on a living person; others will be working on a deceased person. Your research techniques will differ depending on the status of the person you are studying.
  • If your podcast is about a living person, you will need to reach out to that person and interview them. I will provide you with contact information.
  • If you would like to focus on someone not listed here, please run it by me!

Group 1: Cynthia Clarey, operatic soprano
Group 2: Slam Stewart, jazz bassist
Group 3: Charles Cohen, ragtime pianist and composer
Group 4: Damien Cornwell, producer

Directions:

  1. Each group should assign the following tasks to its members:
  • Group member 1: Research/interviews
  • Group member 2: Script/story writing
  • Group member 3: Music and sound curation/editing/recording
  • Group member 4: Narration

2. Choose a podcasting software, and download it to your devices (I recommend Audacity, which is free: www.audacityteam.org).

3. If you are working on a living musician, get their contact info from me.

4. Begin the process of interviewing and/or research. A great place to start for research is the SUNY Broome library homepage, https://sunybroome.info/library/. You can use the Quick Search feature for your first level of research. Quick Search is a metadata aggregator which will bring up newspaper and magazine articles, reviews, books, etc. You should also find as much audio and video of your subject as you can.

5. Your goal is to make a 3-4 minute podcast that uses narration, music, and interviews to present an engaging and informative piece of audio journalism about your subject.

6. You will need to meet up on Zoom to collaborate, as well as doing work individually. Please use the class GroupMe to exchange contact info.

7. Podcasts are due on Tuesday, March 30, and will be presented in class that day.

For some good examples of podcasts that you might want to study and emulate, check out:

8. Grading rubric:
This assignment is worth 100 pts total, and 25% of your grade.
See the revised grading breakout in the Course Policies page.

 25 pts.20 pts.15 pts.10 pts.
Script writing/story organizationAll paragraphs smoothly progress from one idea to the next and are linked by clear topic sentences.Many paragraphs transition from one idea to the next with the help of topic sentences.Some paragraphs transition from one idea to the next with the help of topic sentences.Few, if any, paragraphs transition from one paragraph to the next with the help of topic sentences.
ResearchAll paragraphs are supported with solid, specific evidence. You have done a comprehensive amount of interviewing and other research that demonstrates mastery of your subject.Many paragraphs are supported with solid, specific evidence. You have done a significant amount of interviewing and other research that demonstrates familiary with your subjectSome paragraphs are supported with solid, specific evidence. You have done an adequate amount of interviewing and other research that demonstrates adequate knowledge of your subjectFew, if any, paragraphs are supported with solid, specific evidence. You have done a minimal amount of interviewing and other research that demonstrates inadequate knowledge of your subject
NarrationDelivery is well-rehearsed and smooth. The speaker enunciates clearly and uses a good amount of expression.Delivery is somewhat rehearsed but still choppy. The speaker is sometimes unclear and muddled.Delivery is very choppy, and the speaker is difficult to understand.Delivery appears unrehearsed. The speaker is unclear and expressionless.
Technical productionPodcast has several well-chosen musical examples and minimal background noise or interruptions. Transitions are smooth and the volume of the speaker and any other effects enhance the project.Podcast has one or two musical examples. Podcast has some background noise or interruptions that slightly disturb the audience. Transitions are generally smooth. The volume of the speaker and other effects is somewhat inconsistent.Podcast has one musical example. Podcast has noticeable and distracting background noise or interruptions. Transitions are somewhat choppy, as is the volume of the speaker and other effects.Podcast has no or poorly-chosen musical examples. Podcast has very noticeable and distracting background noise or interruptions. Transitions are absent. The volume of the speaker and other effects are poorly implemented.

For a downloadable rubric, click below.

You will also need to submit a peer evaluation form for yourself and each member of the group. You can download this one, fill it out, and send to me. The peer evaluation form is due on March 30.