The paper aims to reveal your personal experience and thoughts about music of the Silk Road through a discussion of a topic that interests you. The subject can be a genre, a performer, a group, a composer, or a style. Below is a tentative list of the topic that you may choose from but creativity is always welcome and you may come up with your own topic. Do not hesitate to convey your true thoughts about the topic!
4-5 pages in length (typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins).
At the end you must provide the list of sources that you’ve referred to. It can be a book, an article, or Internet source. Make sure you provide at least 5 sources. Frame your essay with introduction and conclusion.
Include one youtube link that illustrates your argument and briefly discuss it. Do not use the same links that we used in class.
IMPORTANT: If you borrow material from any outside source make sure you credit the source immediately. By borrowing I mean not only direct use but also paraphrasing. It is not enough just to include the title in the list of sources. Make sure you provide in-text citation. You can use any formatting style, including APA, Chicago, etc.
Your paper WILL go through Turnitin.com to detect possible plagiarism.
List of Topics
Maqam: Music and Philosophy
Ashigs: Musicians, Storytellers, and Entertainers
Aytish as a Bardic Contest in Central Asian Counties
Manas: The Story of the National Hero of Kyrgyz People
Koroglu: The National Epic of Turkic People
Tuuli: The Endangered Epic of Mongolia
Yokhor and Yalli: two Circle Dances from the Silk Road
Beijing Opera: The Treasure of Chinese Culture
Mei Lanfang and His Role in the History of Beijing Opera
Urtyn Duu: a Long Song of Mongolia
Khoomei: the Overtone Singing in Mongolia
Sama: a Circle Dance of the Sufi Dervishes
Dhikr: Chanting God’s Names in Islam
Mantra and the Concept of a Healing Prayer in Buddhism
Googoosh: the Story of Courage and Dedication
Cultural Revolution and Its Impact on Chinese Music
The Communist Era and the Challenges It Imposed on the Arts and Music
Introduction: Why did you choose this topic? 
Main body: Discussion of the selected genre/artist/style 
Youtube link and its discussion 
Conclusion: Summary of your discussion 
Works Cited: