Music short research

Research Assignment

Find and submit ten (10) Web sites related to ONE instrument you’d like to research. You may choose from any of the instruments featured in the course. Examples of valid instruments include (but are not limited to): the oboe, the mezzo-soprano voice, and the guitar.

Your submission must include:

Two sites for each one of the categories listed below 

A short paragraph presenting your research in each category 

The categories are:

History and/or Manufacturers:

Information about well-known makers and the instrument’s history. If you choose the voice as your instrument, concentrate on its history.

Famous Performers:

Do not restrict yourself to any particular period or style. For example, if your favorite instrument is guitar, you may choose Eric Clapton and John Williams.

Famous composers:

Again, do not restrict yourself to any particular period or style. An example of a relevant web site is the Leonard Bernstein site at the Library of Congress. Did Bernstein write any pieces for your favorite instrument?


What are the most famous pieces written for your chosen instrument? Submit a list of five famous pieces written for the instrument, and two (2) sites that were sources for the information. Here’s a site that might help:

Famous Orchestras:

Your favorite instrument will likely be part of a traditional symphony orchestra, such as the one you studied in the Orchestral Timbres class. Please submit and comment on two (2) orchestra websites. 

To recap:

Decide which instrument you are going to research. The choice of an instrument should be made AS SOON AS POSSIBLE in order to allow the most time for research. 

For your selected instrument, research two (2) sites in each of the above five categories.

Submit the 10 sites you have come up with, along with a paragraph for each category. In each paragraph, analyze the content of the corresponding web sites along with why you chose those particular sites.

Good luck, and remember: Start this assignment as soon as you can!

On the Submit Web Query Assignment page, type your answer into the empty box. When you are ready, click Submit to send your answer to your instructor.

Have fun!

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