The purpose of this course is to provide students
a foundation for research in music. A wide variety of music research
readings is addressed, concentrating on content as well as on
methodological, stylistic, and philosophical issues that arise when writing
about music. Students familiarize themselves with the library, standard reference tools, and electronic resources,
as these apply to their areas of interest.
The main topics covered are:
a) Critical analysis of research literature
b) Examination of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods
c) Development of research questions
d) Research resources search strategies
The approach involves reading and discussing articles both on music and on writing about music. Critical analysis of the readings, regarding content or style,
is a significant part of the course.
Sample Syllabus (.pdf