Principles of Music Research

GS-510
Credits: 
3
Prerequisites: 
Written approval of program director
Electable by: 
CPPD, MPTI, SFTV, and GEMB graduate students
Required of: 
None; optional elective for CPPD, MPTI, SFTV, and GEMB
Semesters Offered: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Location: 
Valencia (Spain) Campus
Courses may not be offered at the listed location(s) each semester. Consult my.berklee.edu for specific term availability.

Principles of Music Research introduces the tools of music scholarship, including reference and research materials in both book and electronic forms. Students develop the skills, attitudes, and understanding to research and write about music by learning how to approach various types of scholarly study within music and by increasing their proficiency with music library resources. Projects and assignments will be tailored to the individual needs of the student working towards his/her culminating experience or thesis project. Students learn advanced information seeking, assembling a literature review, evaluating current research, writing and documenting sources professionally and ethically, distinguishing primary and secondary research, and finding and applying for funding sources. Students taking this course should have the ability to recognize, identify, and define an informational need; seek basic information in a strategic way; locate and access basic information; and evaluate information sources for essential levels of quality and relevance.

Department: 
GRAD
Course chair: 
Robert C. Lagueux