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MUM4420 - Research Methods in Music

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Joel Crotty and Graeme Smith


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


The unit aims to familiarise students with various research methods appropriate to musicology. In particular the unit provides an introduction to the practical aspects of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, and jazz and popular music studies, concentrating on methodologies associated with textual criticism, archival research, repertoire and performance practice.


On successful completion of the unit, students should have the skills essential to constructing a simple research proposal in a variety of areas and have acquired initial critical reading skills applicable to both text and score.


Seminar participation 10%
Weekly annotations (300 words) x 13: 30%
Thesis proposal (1,000 words): 15%
+ Research essay (5,000 words): 45%

Contact hours

2 hours seminar