Latin Dance Music: Salsa
Each student will be required to present factual information on a topic selected from a list provided with your syllabus. If
you or your group wishes to choose a different topic, discuss it with me prior to November 1. All students are required
to meet with me AT LEAST ONCE before the presentation dates. Students who do not meet with me at least once will
be assessed 1/3 grade value. Ideally, brief audio and/or video examples will be utilized in order to illustrate and
strengthen certain points discussed. In addition to the oral presentation and in order to ensure equal participation
within the group, EACH STUDENT is required to submit a 2-page typed summary of THEIR ASPECT of the presentation,
given to me at the BEGINNING of the presentation. Summaries received late will not be accepted and the grade will
THE PAPERS MUST INCLUDE A COMPREHENSIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OR THE PRESENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE A GRADE.
Please refer to TEXT SOURCES first (books and scholarly journals), then to cd liner notes and Internet sources. WIKIPEDIA
IS A FREE CONTENT ENCYCLOPEDIA AND AS SUCH WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED A VIABLE SOURCE it is often useful,
however, to check their bibliographies you may find valuable sources.
NOTE: This report is for ME, not the class. Therefore, when doing your presentation, do not read your report to the
class. The report should simply touch on all of the salient points of your discussion and will serve as a guide for me as I
listen to and eventually grade your presentation. I expect the presentation to be in MUCH MORE DEPTH than the paper.
That having been said, I do expect the report to be formally written and well-thought-out, using language appropriate to
a formal paper.
The grade received will be based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the ancillary material used in the
presentation (musical examples etc.), the accuracy of the information presented, the depth of the information
presented, the strength of overall communication skills, the amount of interest shown in your topic and the quality of
the written report. The report MUST be written by each student—Internet pages may be included as ancillary,
supporting material only.
Finally, the presentation will be graded on a 20-point scale:
6 points for accuracy of information
6 points for the quality of the written report, including bibliography (grammar and syntax count!)
5 points for strength of communication skills
1 point each for
o the aids used
o the depth of information and amount of interest shown by the student
o class participation
Latin Dance Music: Salsa