New Methodologies for Music Research

Learning Objective
To acquaint students with new methodologies that will help expand their research skills. Certain research techniques are well-known (digital sources for finding source material, music, recordings and videos, for example), but other methodologies - especially those from other disciplines, ethno/cultural musicology and embodied research - are less often considered. Research is no longer confined to the library or online source material, but can now be done in a variety of new and exciting ways.

Course Content
This course has been especially designed to help students explore different research tools that could be helpful for their careers, as well as for their master's research project. Basic musicology methodologies presented will include the study of music sources (manuscripts, printed editions, written additions), contemporaneous source material (treatises, diaries, reviews), and organology (musical instruments). Visual sources (paintings, prints, photographs, videos) and audio material (from mechanical toys to recordings) will also be examined. 
Ethnomusicology, the study of music within a cultural context, brings topics such as gender, folk traditions, and immigration into focus. Methodologies used in this field include oral history (interviews as source material) which provide new ways for musicians to gather unique information.  Techniques and theories of the exciting new field of embodied research will also be discussed.

Course details

teacher Mimi Mitchell
term September-December 2020
method of instruction Weekly lectures
readings Limited reading, audio and video material
assessment Will be based on attendance and class participation. Each student will choose an Early Music pioneer and prepare a short presentation about this musician.Each student will be expected to provide an example of each research methodology covered.
credits 5
related electivesHistory of the Early Music Movement
  Reading Black Music: Key Texts on African-American Music
  Sources and Resources: From Manuscript to Edition