Bibliography and Research in Music Education – MUSC 531

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Bibliographic research in the field of music education. Students will identify, access, evaluate and interpret music education resources and materials while performing research on music education topics.




This course is intended to take the student through the process of research in preparation for developing the internship and master's thesis or project design. It pre-requisite to completing the Internship and the Master’s Thesis, and culminates in the preliminary research proposal.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate the differences between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method.
  2. Formulate research questions and hypotheses.
  3. Utilize research methods practically in relation to upcoming individual research projects.
  4. Develop strategies of inquiry for research topics.
  5. Identify an area of interest; ethnic group, geography, or genre.
  6. Create a research strategy tailored specifically to the student’s chosen field.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 150–200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 50–100 words.

Writing Exercises (5)

The student will complete 6 research-based exercises in current Turabian format that focuses on the development of their research topic.

Protecting Human Research Participants Assignment

The student will complete the Protecting Human Research Participants online course through the National Institutes of Health, Office of Extramural Research. This course replaces an earlier training program run by the National Institutes of Health. The course will take about 3 hours to complete. At the end, the student will receive a certificate of completion.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will write an annotated bibliography with 20 scholarly sources on the topic of your choice relating to music. The final submission should include a title page, citations, and annotations for each source. The final document will be approximately 10 pages long.