SHORT ESSAY (30 pts.): Choose ONE of these topics to write about, using as much context and descriptive detail as you can. Your response should be around 500-600 words. Since you have far more time than in a live setting, please think of this more like a short essay (following the suggestions about writing) than a typical “blue book” or data dump type of response. Please do not copy and paste or otherwise rephrase from the lecture notes (always use your own words!), and be sure you mention specific pieces of music whenever you can. Your answer should give me a sense that you spent time engaging with the music and/or ideas you’re writing about!
Mention specific pieces of music whenever you can!
ESSAY TOPIC: Development of American swing, jazz, and big bands
You don’t need to cite besides for the songs mentioned in the essay