Research in Music Education I

MUSC 541 Syllabus

 

Tarleton State University

Instructor:  Dr. Vicky V. Johnson  vjohnson@tarleton.edu   (254)968-9238

 

For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:

 

http://www.tarleton.edu/faculty/boucher/ResearchICourseOutline.htm

 

 

Course Description

 

An exploration of methods and materials of research in music, including styles of writing and proper documentation of sources with an emphasis on developing strategies for organization and information access.

Required Text and Materials

 

 

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Bellman, J. D. (2007). A short guide to writing about music (2nd ed.): Pearson.

 

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010.  (Please get this version as I will refer to page numbers in my instructions)

 

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Computer with high speed internet connection (see the Online Help Page link for proper configuration)

 

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Access to Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

 

 

 

 

Suggested Reading

These are excellent references for music research.  It would be advisable to have at least one.

 

 

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Phillips, K.H. (2008). Exploring research in music education & music therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.
 

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Phelps, R., Sadoff, R. H., Warburton, E. C., & Ferrera, L. (2005). A guide to research in music education. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc.

 

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Wingell, R.J. & Herzog, S. (2001).  Introduction to research in music. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.

 

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Sampsel, L. J. (2009). Music Research: A handbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

 

 

 

Course Objectives

 

Intended Student Learning Outcomes

            A.        Knowledge Outcomes:  Students will develop an understanding of:

  1. the different kinds of scholarly writing about music

  2. the process and organization of gathering information

  3. the challenges inherent in writing about music

            B.        Skill Outcomes:  Students will be able to:

  1. use electronic and print resources to gather information needed in scholarly inquiry

  2. write an annotated bibliography

  3. write short works based upon research, such as a music analysis or a critical report

  4. carry on a scholarly dialogue in a discussion forum

            C.        Value Outcomes:  Students will:

  1. be familiar with resources necessary for scholarship and research

  2. begin to develop their own personal interests for topics in music education research

  3. apply research findings to practical classroom situations

 

 

Course Activities

 

 

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Online lecture material

 

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Reading assignments

 

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Weekly graded assignments

 

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Discussions

 

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Final project

 

Course Requirements

 

 

 

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Weekly assignments based upon the lecture and reading material 

 

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Discussion postings

 

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Final project

 

 

Grading

 

 

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40%   Assignments

 

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40%   Discussion Posts

 

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20%   Final project

 

 

 

COURSEWORK CRITERIA

 

 

Strong

Weak

Promptness

On time

Late

Completeness

All segments done as assigned

Some missing

Presentation

Length, proofreading, formatting, etc. checked

Unchecked

Clarity

Expression is succinct and clear

Expression is vague and imprecise

Application of readings

Terms and concepts understood and used appropriately

Terms and concepts misused or no usage

 

 

DISCUSSION PARTICIPATION CRITERIA

 

 

Strong

Weak

Attendance

Presence in discussion within time assigned

Absent or late

Preparation

Appropriate forethought given to comments where required

 

Application of readings

Same as above for coursework

 

Constructiveness

Comments advance understanding

Comments have minimal substance or merit

 

 

 

Attendance

Attendance Policy:  This is an online class.  Students are expected to check in online regularly for announcements and to keep up with discussions.  Assignments and discussions will have weekly deadlines.  Recommendation is to login to Blackboard every day.

 

Students With Disabilities Policy

It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact Student Disability Services, at 254.968.9400 or disability@tarleton.edu. Student Disability Services is located in Math 201. More information can be found at www.tarleton.edu/sds or in the University Catalog.

Academic Conduct

Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's materials or ideas as one's own), or doing work for another person who will receive academic credit are all impermissible.  This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination; the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports, or term papers; or the presentation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student's own work.  Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of "F" for the class.  Further disciplinary action may be taken beyond the Department of Fine Arts .  This decision will be mine in consultation with the department head.  Cheating is serious business and the penalties for engaging in this sort of activity will be severe.   Consult the following link for further information on academic conduct as specified in the TSU catalog:  http://catalog.tarleton.edu/undergrad/academicinformation/

 

Technology

One of the biggest frustrations in an online course can be the technology required to make it happen.   Don't hesitate to contact the technology resource personnel at Tarleton.  They are there to help you.  The CII (Center for Instructional Innovation) number is 254/968-1960.  Here is a webpage with several links to help you.  Please access this page and take the opportunity to configure your computer before the semester begins.

 

Online Help Page

 

  

 

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