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Unit 7
Example of Student Work
Independent Research Project

To have the freedom to guide your own learning into areas that are of interest to you is empowering and a privilege.

Use this opportunity to begin brainstorming in regards to an area or topic that is of special interest to you
In order to ensure success, a few guidelines are being offered to assist you in the process:

1. The project must be music related. i.e. Music History, Genres, Song Writing, Audition Preparation, Music Business,  etc.

2. The project must involve a degree of research to push your knowledge of the subject

3. The project must be measurable and well documented


Step 1

Project Title

  • What is the name of your project?


Step 2

Project Description

  • What topic do you want to know more about?

  • What information is relevant to what you want to know?  

  • What information is irrelevant to what you want to know?  

  • How will you know the difference?  


Step 3

Project Rationale

  • Why did you choose this particular topic?

  • How will this topic strengthen your goals as a musician?

  • Do you anticipate Project A & Project B to be related or separate?


Step 4


  • What kinds of places might hold interesting knowledge about your questions?  

  • Whom might you want to access to better understand your interests?

  • Provide 3 preliminary resources you have discovered through initial exploration


Step 5


  • Describe what you are going to need to do in what order between this proposal and the presentation(i.e. micro plan)


Step 6

Creative Work and Presentation

  • Describe how you are going to present your project (oral, written, multimedia presentation, artifacts, performance, etc.)


Step 7


  • What specifically will make your project a success?


Step 8

  • Fill out the Proposal Rubric either in Notability or PDF(rotate clockwise)OR type a CSP code in your google doc

Assessment Framework

Completely=5, Sufficiently=3, Partially=1, Total=40

  • Identified an Interesting & Measurable Question/Topic

  • Justified Application of Project to Benchmark Goals

  • Pondered Resource Harvesting

  • Identified Multiple Sources to Aid in the Research

  • Developed an Estimated Timeline and Sequential Plan

  • Established a Plan for the Presentation of Knowledge

  • Predicted Variables of Success

  • Completed Proposal Rubric 


To receive credit for this assignment please submit the URL of your Unit 7 ePortfolio in On-Campus by the indicated due date

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Julie Freebern 

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