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Writing About Music

MU 509 
Credits: 1
Fall Semester and Spring Semester (course repeats) 
Prequisites: none 

Course Objectives

This course prepares students for academic research and writing at the graduate level, resulting in a long research paper and paper presentation in the final weeks of the course.

Topic Areas

• The Boston Conservatory's Music Library and Resources
• General Library Information and Cataloguing Systems 
• General Reference Materials (New Grove, MGG, Baker's, etc.)
• Music Journals
• Online Searching Techniques
• Citation and Bibliography
• Collected Works and Monuments 

Textbook

A SHORT GUIDE TO WRITING ABOUT MUSIC
Jonathan Bellman
Longman, 2nd edition, 2006
ISBN: 9780321187918

Grading 

Short papers and assignments  45%
Long Research Paper – First draft  20%
Long Research Paper – Final draft  25%
Paper Presentation – 5%
Class Participation  5%

 

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