Research in Music Education – MUSC 650

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with a variety of research that informs music education in preparation for the final capstone curriculum project, lecture recital, or thesis in music education. Students expand their understanding of various research methodologies as related to music education while developing their scholarly writing skills.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the elements necessary for composing a robust master’s thesis proposal. Students will be challenged to produce quality academic writing, demonstrate understanding of thesis elements, synthesize prior peer-reviewed research, make informed decisions pertaining to a research topic, select appropriate methodologies, and implement accurate protocols for conducting research. 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 150 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. (CLO: B, C, E, I, J) 

Research Plan Assignments (7)

The student will write a 20 to 25-page research plan in current Turabian format that focuses on all elements of the research study. The paper must include at least 20 reference(s) in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G) 

Thesis Statement, Research Questions, and Hypotheses Assignment 

The student will write a robust, comprehensive thesis statement with peer-reviewed sources as needed, operationalized research questions, and aligned hypotheses as the central focus of the research study for a total of approximately one page. (CLO: B, E) 

Problem, Purpose, and Significance of the Study Statements Assignment 

The student will submit a well-developed draft of his or her problem (1 page), purpose (approximately 1 page) , and significance statements (1 page) as three separate sections. These three sections should align to one another, the thesis statement, research questions, and hypotheses. (CLO: B, D) 

Literature Review Assignment 

The student will submit a well-developed draft of his or her literature review in two main sections – the theoretical or conceptual framework and the related literature. The literature review should include historical, sociological, epistemological, philosophical, ontological, philosophical, practical, pedagogical, and aesthetic research and considerations related to the music education problem identified. At this juncture, the student will not be required to present a full literature review; however, this assignment is designed to encourage the initial construction. The theoretical or conceptual framework should be at least two pages while the related literature section should be at least eight pages. (CLO: D, E) 

Research Design and Data Analysis Assignment 

The student will submit a well-developed draft of his or her research design, data collection, and projected data analysis techniques in three main sections. At this juncture, the student will not be required to present a complete rendering of these three sections; however, this assignment is designed to encourage the initial construction. Each section should be at least one page each. (CLO: A, F) 

Participants and Setting Assignment 

The student will submit a well-developed draft of his or her participants and setting in one main section. At this juncture, the student will not be required to present a definitive rendering of study participants; however, this assignment is designed to encourage one to consider who will be included in the study. This section should be at least two pages in length. (CLO: C, F) 

Instrumentation and Intervention Assignment

The student will submit a well-developed draft of his or her instrumentation and/or intervention utilized to collect data for the study. If conducting a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods study, the most likely tool for collecting data will be an instrument of some sort. If conducting an applied study (curriculum project), the most likely format for collecting data will be an intervention (implementation of the curriculum) and researcher-generated assessment tools. An instrumentation section should comprise at least two pages. An intervention (curriculum project) section should comprise at least three pages. (CLO: A, C, F) 

Final Draft Assignment

The student will submit a well-developed final draft including all previous, edited sections from all previous modules as well as his or her procedures section detailing the process for conducting the research study. Additionally, the student will summarize his or her study to comprise the abstract. A procedures section should comprise at least three pages. An abstract should comprise 250 words or less with an additional keywords section with seven or less keywords pertinent to the study. Adhere to all page number requirements for previous sections. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G) 

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Certification Assignment

The Liberty University Institutional Review Board requires that the following individuals complete CITI training prior to conducting research:

  • Faculty Researchers
  • Student Researchers
  • Research Assistants
  • Faculty overseeing student projects

Therefore, the student will complete one Human Subjects Research (HSR) course provided through the CITI Program website. After completion, the student will upload a PDF copy of his/her online certification through the CITI Program Assignment link.

Quiz: Chair Pairing

The student will complete the information in the Chair Pairing Tool to include the topic, primary research questions, the type of research design you employed, and the gap in the literature. The student will complete the Chair Pairing Tool, screenshot the completion confirmation, and upload the screenshot as the quiz submission.