Music 645

MUSC 645
Research Methods in Music

1. Catalog Entry

MUSC 645
Research Methods in Music

Credit hours (3)
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in Music

MUSC 645 presents a detailed background of research methods and forms to provide the student with a working knowledge and functional competencies in quantitative and qualitative, historical and descriptive styles of research in music with implications for structuring a study, use of search engines and databases, ethical/legal considerations, publishing research, and grant writing.  

2. Detailed Description of Course

MUSC 645 will be structured in a progressive manner beginning with overviews of Philosophical, Historical, Descriptive, Experimental methods of research including tenets and structure of quantitative research (parametric and nonparametric), qualitative and mixed-methods research.  The course will also contain information regarding the structuring of a review of literature for research including the use of search engines (such as Music Index, RILM, Psychinfo, PsycNet, ERIC, Education Databases for example) and database search techniques and processes.  Coverage of expectations and protocols for submitting research to professional journals will be included. Ethical and legal considerations and requirements such as understanding the Institutional Review Board process will be presented and discussed with background information provided (i.e. Belmont Report, Helsinki Declaration, etc.).  The course will conclude with information regarding grant writing for both internal and external funding sources.

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

MUSC 645 will be structured as a mixture of lecture for information presentation, with significant requirements of in-class presentations, writing assignments, and discussion of topics and readings.  Students will also complete abridged examples of research in a variety of research methods.
4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon completion of MUSC 645, students will:
    1) understand and discern the differences and values of a variety of methods of research
    2) develop skills in a variety of forms of research (quantitative, qualitative, historical, descriptive,
     3) develop skills in researching professional literature employing a variety of search engines and
    4) write in acceptable styles of research (APA, MLA, formats for example)
    5) possess a working knowledge of ethical and legal considerations and requirements of research
        involving human subjects
    6) be familiar with expectations and process for submitting research for publication in the
        professional literature
    7) be familiar with expectations and process for submitting grants to both internal and external
        funding sources

5. Assessment Measures

    1) writing assignments and projects reflecting the rational for the course and identified
    2) completion of one mock research study choosing a format most relevant to the students’
    3) two objective exams

6. Other Course Information


Review and Approval

May 11, 2015