Bibliography & Research in Music & Worship – WRSP 650

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

Course Description

Introduction to research methodologies in preparation for completion of the capstone project in music and worship studies.




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

Students will complete the readings early in the week so that all initial postings can be made by Thursday at 11:59 pm. Each student will post a response to the weeks reading by Thursday evening and then respond to two of their colleagues by Sunday at 11:59 pm.

Assigned readings will be in textbooks, available online, or on the course web-site under “Course Documents.”

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

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 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 50-100 words.

The student will complete 5 research-based exercises in current Turabian format that focuses on the development of their research topic.

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.

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 should be approximately 10 pages long.