Research in Music Education – MUSC 650

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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.


The primary purpose of this course is to guide the student into making informed and appropriate choices in developing research questions, selecting appropriate methodologies, and designing research proposals in music education. The final outcome of this course is the preparation of a preliminary research proposal, which may ultimately serve as the student’s research proposal for the master’s project or thesis and/or design of the field experience.

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 in music education: educational issue, curricular development, or research focus.
  6. Create a research strategy tailored specifically to the student’s research focus.
  7. Develop a research proposal for the Masters Thesis Project (Final Paper).

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 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 at least 100 words.

Writing Exercises (6)

The writing exercises vary in length and type. Some exercises will come directly from the text and others will be based on the student’s own reading and proposal preparation experiences. All writing exercises must include a cover page and References, and use current Turabian formatting properly. The number of required citations will also vary by assignment.

Final Paper

The Final Paper will be a 10–12 page research proposal, containing 20 sources, and using current Turabian formatting properly. In addition to the content page requirement, the student must submit a cover page and References. The Final Paper must be submitted through the SafeAssign link in Blackboard.

PowerPoint Presentation

A PowerPoint presentation articulating the highlights of your research project proposal will need to be submitted along with the final research project proposal. This will involve 6 to 10 slides detailing the first three chapters of your thesis proposal along with any references you may choose to include.