Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research, Writing, and Presentation Techniques in Music

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit develops an understanding of varied research methodologies in music research and will prepare students to undertake research questions or projects effectively and assist them in developing their academic writing skills. It will also assist them in developing effective ways of sharing their research and projects both with music specialists, as well as with the general public.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to introduce students to the skills and methods of research in different sub-disciplines of music, including musicology, music performance research, and music education research. It will also introduce students to artistic practice as research in music. This study-unit will assist students to attain basic communication skills that allow them to share effectively their findings and projects with a range of diverse readers and audiences.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) identify and determine general research questions;
(b) relate effectively knowledge of music with knowledge about music;
(c) analyse and contextualise an array of methodologies and research techniques.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

(a) engage critically with different types of academic writing about music;
(b) prepare literature reviews;
(c) solve specific research questions;
(d) apply music-analytic skills to written tasks;
(e) undertake a music-related research project;
(f) communicate research results in oral and written forms;
(g) demonstrate competence with techniques of referencing and citation;
(h) conduct literature searches;
(i) demonstrate academic writing skills;
(j) use effectively a range of digital facilities in music research.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text

- Bellman, Jonathan. 2007. A Short Guide to Writing about Music 2nd edn (New York: Longman).
- Davidson, Jane, ed. 2004. The Music Practitioner: Research for the Music Performer, Teacher, and Listener (Burlington: Ashgate).
- Herbert, Trevor. 2009. Music in Words: A Guide to Researching and Writing about Music (Oxford: OUP).
- Sampsel, Laurie J. 2012. Music Research: A Handbook 2nd edn (New York: Oxford University Press).


- Cowdery, James R., ed. 2006. How to Write About Music: the RILM Manual of Style. 2nd edn (New York: RILM).
- Gottlieb, Jane. 2009. Music Library and Research Skills (Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 20%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 80%

Stefan Aquilina

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