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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

MUSIC IN WORDS: A GUIDE TO RESEARCHING AND WRITING ABOUT MUSIC
Trevor Herbert
Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-0195373738 

Grading 

Short papers and assignments  40%
Long Research Paper – First draft  20%
Long Research Paper – Final draft  25%
Class Participation  5%

 

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