Each of the major specialised areas of music research (performance; composition, arranging, and sound design; and musicology, ethnomusicology, and music curatorship) have their own methodological traditions, and commonly applied conceptual approaches. While these musical fields certainly have different profiles and orientations, they nevertheless share some important issues and common methodological ground. This course challenges the tendencies of fragmentation in music research where academic and artistic research is developed within different spheres. It will explore the nexus between various areas of musical scholarship giving students the opportunity to actively engage with, and critique, a key approaches to research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand and evaluate basic research methods in music across the many sub-disciplines in music;
- apply a range of basic perspectives to music-related research and understand the symbiotic relationship between research and practice;
- integrate understandings of basic research methods with the student's own musical areas of study; and
- communicate and debate basic themes, concepts and theories with peers.
- Critical responses to discussions and reading x 10, 300 words each during Week 3-12 for a total of 3000 words (5% each) (50) [LO 1,2,3]
- Seminar participation (10) [LO 3,4]
- Presentation of formal paper. Topic to be negotiated with course coordinator, 20 mins, 2500-3000 words, plus ten mins question time (35% paper, 5% question time) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Hurdle requirement Attendance at a minimum of ten seminars is a hurdle requirement for passing this course (null) [LO null]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of seminars; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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