Music Research

Subject MUSI30032 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Permission of the coordinator



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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.


Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

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 bibliographies, editorial practices and archival practices, as well as the mechanics of dissertation writing.


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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Academic Electives
Musicology/Ethnomusicology Major

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