Music Research

Subject MUSI30032 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Permission of the coordinator

Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Kerry Murphy


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Tel: +61 3 9685 9419
Fax: +61 3 9685 9358
Subject Overview:

This subject provides the basis for the writing of a dissertation. It introduces students to current issues in musicology and the variety of resources and methodologies available for musicological research. Bibliographic skills will be developed. Students will increase their awareness of available research resources in various fields. Topics include an introduction to the skills and techniques of musicological research, including such issues as music bibliography, editorial practices and archival practices, as well as the mechanics of dissertation writing.

Objectives: On completion of this subject students should have developed the capacity for independent and original musicological research.

Mid-semester library project, approx. 800 words (25%); end-of-semester bibliographic assignment, approx. 1000 words (15%); end of semester musicological literature assignment, 2500 words (55%); attendance and participation in class including small exercises, and class presentation in weeks 11 & 12 (5%).

Prescribed Texts: A reading pack will be available for purchase from the Melbourne University Bookshop before the commencement of the semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have developed:

  • intellectual curiosity, including understanding of the philosophical and methodological basses of research activity
  • ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex concepts, and to express them lucidly whether orally or in writing
  • knowledge, skills and practices, which provide a basis for independent critical inquiry and research-based writing
  • capacity for self-directed learning and ability to plan work and to use time effectively
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music
Graduate Diploma in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Music History Major

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