Research Methods in Music, Dance and Drama

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Course Code: 
MUS 2108
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Academic Programs: 
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

Students are introduced to library, fieldwork and research methodologies in the performing arts (music, dance and drama). The course has a strong practical component; students will develop practical skills including preparing for research, data collection, archiving and storage. Students will be given intensive training in the use of audio and video recording in the field. Special skills for collecting music for archiving will also be offered. Students prepare a research proposal, with guidance from the course instructor, based on a topic of his/her choice within the fields of music, dance and drama and how these performing arts interact with culture. A research proposal is presented as a project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Objectives: 

  • To equip students with skills in field and library research
  • To equip students with skills to handle research in music and collection of music materials
  • To develop practical skills including interviews and eliciting techniques and the use of audio and video technology as tools of research
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Ability to internalize the basic techniques of research
  • Competence in writing a good Research Proposal
  • Acquired skills of recording sound in the field
  • Equipped with skills to gather data from the field
Research Methods in Music
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