This is a research project for music students to help them connect music to the world. I have my students pick a topic they have studied in one of their non-music classes.
The requirements are laid out to set them up to be ready to present their research to the class in an oral report.
I give my students one month to complete this project with a different check in every week: topic, subtopics, written research, and total project.
I have found my students enjoy the process when they take the time to pick a good topic.