2 pages (typed, double-spaced, 1″ margins, Time New Roman 12-pt font)
We examine various musical soundscapes found throughout the United States. However, in order to understand how Americans reflect their cultural identity through music, we must first understand what “American” music is. In this assignment, you are to reflect on the topic of American music. Your 2-page essay must include the following information:
1) A brief summary of contrasting viewpoints on what American music is and what it is not.
2) A self-reflexive (e.g. your own opinion) examination of what constitutes American music. What identities or ethnicities does it comprise? What does it sound like? What are distinguishing characteristics that separate American music from that of other countries?