Music Research (Honours)

Subject MUSI40078 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

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

150 hours


An H2A (75) or above in the subject 19th Century Music and Ideas OR other academic electives, or permission of the coordinator.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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Contact Centre
T: 13 MELB (6352)

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
VCA and MCM Student Centre

Subject Overview:

This is a foundation subject for students taking honours in musicology. Students will be introduced to current issues in musicology and the variety of resources and methodologies available for musicological research. Topics covered will include music bibliographies, editorial practices and archival practices, as well as the mechanics of dissertation writing. Students will be encouraged to base their assignments on the general area of their dissertation.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Access and assess literature in the discipline
  • Articulate the main issues in musicology
  • Demonstrate their potential for undertaking 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, 3,500 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 bases 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): Graduate Diploma in Music (Musicology/Ethnomusicology)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Composition
Graduate Diploma and Certificate Elective subjects

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