New Methodologies for Music Research

Learning Objective
To acquaint students with new methodologies that will help expand their research skills. Certain methodologies are well-known (digital sources for finding music, recordings and videos, for example), but other methodologies - especially those from ethno/cultural musicology - are less often used. 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 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.

Related Electives
* History of the Early Music Movement
Reading Black Music
Sources and Resources: From Manuscript to Edition

Course details

teacher Mimi Mitchell
term September-December 2018
method of instruction Lectures
readings Limited reading, audio and video material
assessment Will be based on attendance and class participation
credits 5