New Methodologies for Music Research

Learning Objective
To acquaint students with a variety of 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, technologies, 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. This course can be helpful for students who have little research experience, as well as rewarding for those who would like to broaden their research possibilities.

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. Methodologies from ethnomusicology, the study of music within a cultural context, bring topics such as gender, folk traditions, and immigration into focus. Techniques from the field of embodied research will also be discussed, as well as a brief overview of technologies that open up new research possibilities.

Course details

teacher Mimi Mitchell
term September-December 2023
method of instruction Weekly lectures
readings This is a ‘hands on’ class, and every week the student will put each methodology into practice by finding an example that speaks to their own research interests and presenting it to the class
assessment Will be based on attendance and class participation. Each student must provide an example of each research methodology covered and present it to the class the following week.
credits 5
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