Week One – Idea
Brainstorming – This exercise is best done in small groups, as students make their initial decisions upon what to focus on, and to strategize their time.
Choose your topic:
Ask yourself which idea interest me the most?
What kind of element will make the best story?
How can I grab the readers attention?
Now just free write!
Discussion – bounce your ideas against others for an alternative viewpoint.
Questions during the idea process:
Class Decision: What is the cityname of our class?
Group Decision: What is the company name of my group?
Individual Decision: What is my occupation in the music business?
The decision making process is stressful, and prone to cause freezing. Please, be patient with yourself and your colleagues. Should you change your mind about anything, relax. It is a natural process. Some people will be more comfortable with their choices than others. Work at your own pace.
Class Group: Per 04 aka New York City
Group that emerged through class discussion and negotiation: The Enterprise.
Careers that were persued: Lawyer, Dancer/choreographer, CEO, Producer, et al.
Food for Thought (Journal Entries, Report Topics)
What profession in the music business appears to be the most lucrative?
What is networking, and how is it used in the music industry?
How will you prepare to be sucessful in your chosen profession?
What venues are the most apropriate for your success? In other words, how will you make money in your profession?
Week Two – Form
Decisions – Decide on the best forms that complement your career.
Choose a report style.
Take notes and begin planning to do research.
Create a schedule.
the lesson plan!
Questions during the Form Process:
Class Decision – City information, Rules for form
Group Decision – Decide on member responsibility, understanding role, Group presentation
Individual Decision – What are my goals and objectives?
It is important to begin thinking about your presentations and reports early, in order to have a clear vision about the work you will produce. Remember to write your ideas and thoughts down in your journal, and ask questions. Ask for assistance whenever necessary, and don’t be afraid to ask the advice of teachers, parents, experts and your classmates.
Reports: Academic (unless you’re a professor, you should avoid); Interviews; First Person Narrative; Moral Tale/Fairy Tale/Myth; Article (for publication);
Assignments: Skits; Pereformance; Workshops; Demonstrations; Demo Tapes; Videos; Press Kits; Goodie Bags; Fine Art
Food for thought (Journal Entry, Report Topics)
How does an artist keep their record deal past release time?
the lesson plan!
What commonalities can we find in career longevity for an artist? In other words, how does an artist keep their career going?
What types of personalities are best suited for the life of a rock star?
WEEK THREE – IDIOM
Who are you?
Definitions – Knowing the specifics, and inderstanding what does and what does not apply to your study
Vocabulary – Learning the musical lingo, from Ringo’s royalty to Hanson’s mechanical. Learn what a copyright is, the difference between a smaple and an interpolation, and the unusual relationship between writer and publisher.
Decide on your reports and assignments for submission.
Questions regarding the Idiom process:
What is an idiom?
What is my idiom?
What idioms work well with each other? Which ones clash?
How will defining my idiom streamline my work process?
Individual Decision – How do I define myself?
Group Decision – How are we different from other groups?
How are our group members similar?
Class Decision – What do we know about our city?
How are we different than other cities?
What do we like about our city?
What do we want to change about our city?
At this point, you should have a clear idea about your chosen career, some thoughts about the work involved upon persuing that career, and you have begun considering forms to express what you have learned (or will learn). Get active and begin potraying yourself in your chosen profession, book, gig, network, schmooze, scout and promote with abandon. Look at Billboard, Rolling Stone, ASCAP and Vibe to gain more insight about how the music world works. Continue to gather research.
Begin writing entries that view the world through your career eyes. Discover how many different experiences are connected to your choices. Pull from as many different resources as you can find: newspapers, internet, television, magazines, radio, cinema, et al.
Your planning should be in full effect. Have you decided on a group presentation? A workshop? Artwork? A Poster? A sculpture? A mural? An oral presentation? A recital? A performance? A Slide Show Presentation? Whatever you decide, plan ahead. Think about movies like Rambo, Die Hard, Entrapment, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Karate Kid, Blue Streak. These movies show us how to plan and strategize, and through planning, we are also able to improvise in case something goes wrong.
Follow the six steps to effective report writing:
Idea – Decide what you want to write about, and plan a gist statement. Start your research. Find out where you can get your information from.
Form – Decide what form your report will take: Essay, article, narrative, letter, chronology, dissertation, screenplay or script, et al. Begin gathering your information, and compiling a bibliography.
Idiom – Learn to speak using your own voice. Reinterpret information in a way you understand, and write from your understand. Never write something you can’t understand. Read your research carefully, and begin choosing the most likely areas you can cite from. Make notes as to where you got main points from in order to avoid plaigurism. Look at several sources; don’t use just one.
Structure – Begin your first draft, with the intent of fleshing out your gist statement. Eventually, your report will have a beginning, middle, and an end, and each will be well defined. Write your first draft, and begin to edit your bibliography, only including the items you did research from, or the most valuable to further study. Even so, 5 or more sources is most apropriate.
Craft – Write a second draft that clears up muddy ideas in your first draft, answers unanswered questions, and accurately reflects on the edited bibliography. Write your second draft. Should be 5 or more pages, bibliography not included. No cover page is needed; the closer you adhere to MLA or standard guidelines, the less revision is needed.
Surface – Check the policy to make certain your final draft follows the necessary criteria for submission. Your report should be ready for magazine publication; The New Yorker, not Word Up!
Food for Thought
How do I establish myself in my chosen profession? Is failure sometimes more important than success? What does trial and error mean, and when have I seen it used? Can we recognize mistakes when they happen, and how the mistakees cover their tracks?
WEEK FOUR – STRUCTURE
their students soon, so it’s a good time to review what has been learned. sheets, glossary, review own pace; allow them to focus upon their educational needs; prepare necessary materials.
Journal – How is it goin? Do you need more topics? Visit these websites: Vibe, Rolling Stone, People, Billboard
Assignments: Career Profile (5 Points), Invoice (5 Points), Presentation (20 Points); Discuss the presentations: Hows and Whys, Whos and Whats; judging panel
knowledge, read a lot; work, work, work!
You should already know what your reports are about, your presentaions, and be prepare to submit journal entries soon.
WEEK FIVE – CRAFT
Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s off to work we go…
Your grade requirements for the First Trimester:
ST LOUIS, CHICAGO, WALLA WALLA
A Minimum of 20 Journal entries is required. 20 points
Assignment #1 – Career Profile – 10 points
Assignment #2 – Intro to Music Career – 10 points
Assignment #3 – Billboard – 10 points
Gist Statement for Report – 5 points
Bibliography for Report – 5 points
First Draft of Report – 15 points
Examination – 25 points
Total- 100 points
PHILADELPHIA, NYC, MIAMI, ATLANTA
A Minimum of 20 journal entries is required. 20 points
Assignment #1 – keyboard guide – 10 points
Assignment #2 – Visual Map – 10 points
Assignment #3 – Your choice – 10 points
First Draft of I-Search – 25 points
Examination – 25 points
Total – 100 points
Your mission, if you choose to accept it….
All the work done at the beginning of the term is prelimnary. During the next cycle, we kick things up a notch, and begin to look at ways we learn and how to capitalize on our strengths. As the holiday season approaches, you’ll find yourself learning in ways you never dreamed of, and creating works you didn’t know you had in you.
WEEK SIX – SURFACE
When you finish any product, you’ll always be concerned about one thing: will the consumer buy it? Many students opt to focus on the pretty packaging, the candy shell, the pretty bells and whistles. However, will the product stand up to vigorous poking and prodding? If you have spend the first five weeks working on your products, then probably yes. If not, your last-minute effort will tumble like a house of cards.
A few words of advice…
No matter how good your work is, it can always be better.
Never settle for anything less than your best effort, given the time alloted.
If you look good on the inside, it will show up on the outside.
Learn from your mistakes; and never repeat the same mistake twice.
Don’t wait until the last minute; be prepared to submit work a week, even two weeks early, if possible.
Make allies with reliable, hard-working people.
Accept only constructive criticism; ignore detractors (“haters”)
Include everything you find initially; you can edit it later.
Never plaigurize; you won’t remember what you did.
Read your papers carefully before you submit them.
Never work on an empty stomach (unless that’s how you work).
Make copies of everything you submit; teachers are sometime negligent and lose things during crunch time.
Be accountable; don’t blame others for your responsibility.
Be proud of your work; anyone should be able to hear your words .