APG4789 - Research methods in music - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Dr Joel Crotty

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit introduces students to music research methods. In particular the unit provides outlines 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 completion of this unit, students are able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills essential to constructing a research proposal in a variety of areas;
  2. Demonstrate critical reading skills applicable to both text and score.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Creative music technology

Ethnomusicology and musicology

Music composition

Music performance