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MUSI6031 Research Skills 1

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• introduce you to the materials of musical study (manuscript, print, recorded and other media) • introduce you to a range of practical and methodological approaches to musical study • teach you how to search for, describe and present musical materials using appropriate methods and tools • prepare you for professional writing and activities (e.g. programme notes, grant writing, abstracts, CVs) • help you begin to compile a bibliography related to your chosen area of research

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the construction, description and use of musical materials such as print and manuscript scores, audio and audiovisual recordings, performances
  • non-musical primary and secondary sources, and the research tools appropriate to them
  • procedures for generating material for a research area new to you
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use online bibliographical tools and bibliographical software
  • read and annotate texts critically
  • present word-processed bibliographies in a standard humanities format
  • develop presentation and advocacy skills
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use online music bibliographical and discographical aids such as RILM and Music Index to generate music bibliography
  • use printed music bibliographical aids (eg RISM) to locate sources and generate bibliography
  • identify the appropriate methodologies for your new research area
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate bibliographical tools and their uses for musical study
  • compile source material (primary and secondary) for a research project using appropriate tools and methods
  • critique musical editions, recordings, performances, and studies with an awareness of source issues they raise
  • summarise source material for annotated bibliography


The range of topics that may be covered in this module includes: • describing and formulating a critique of a performance • generating research questions • professional writing skills including abstracts, CVs, grant applications • exploring methodological approaches to diverse musical practices • Active note taking and summarising • Presentation skills • preparing a bibliography

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • seminars • presentation • individual tutorials Learning activities include • individual study, including take-away tasks from weekly seminars • seminar discussion • accessing online resources

Independent Study126
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  Skills questionnaire in Week 1  supervised bibliographical search in the Music computing cluster


MethodPercentage contribution
Annotated bibliography  (1500 words) 40%
Essay/report  (500 words) 20%
Oral presentation  (10 minutes) 20%
Short essay /assignment  (350 words) 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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