APG4789 - Research methods in music - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Joel Crotty


Dr Joel Crotty

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


The unit introduces students to music research methods. In particular, the unit outlines the practical aspects of various music sub-disciplines, concentrating on methodologies such as musical analysis, textual criticism, archival research, ethnography, repertoire and performance practice.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and evaluate music research methodologies;
  2. demonstrate critical reading, writing and oral presentation skills;
  3. formulate a research proposal.


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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