MUSC4104 Music Research Project

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Music [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
In this unit students undertake a music research project.

I. Performance, composition, liturgical music, and electronic music and sound design streams students produce a research portfolio on an approved topic. This involves:

(1) study under supervision of a project relating to the literature or techniques of music; and
(2) submission of an extended research paper (4,500–6,000 words) that approaches or reaches professional publication standard; and
(3) presentation of a research paper at the Conservatorium of Music Honours and postgraduate seminar.

II. Musicology stream students choose one of the following three options:

(1) Complete a music research portfolio as outlined above. Students must research a topic different from the research undertaken for MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1 or MUSC4141 Music Honours Research 2, OR
(2) Complete a music research portfolio that extends the research undertaken in MUSC4140 Music Honours Research 1 or MUSC4141 Music Honours Research 2 (4,500–6,000 words), OR
(3) Complete a creative project in performance and/or composition. Students will write their own creative contract detailing the assessment components. The contract is subject to approval by the student's principal teacher, head of area, and honours coordinator.
Students are able to (1) critically and creatively engage with ideas relating to a specific area of music research; (2) confidently and skilfully pursue music research using appropriate methods; (3) according to specialisation stream, present for examination an extended research paper (4500–6000 words), or creative contract components, that approach or achieve professional presentation standards; (4) present a research paper at a Conservatorium of Music research seminar; and (5) participate in discussion at weekly Conservatorium of Music research seminars.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: research or creative portfolio. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Cecilia Sun
Unit rules
MUSC4103 Introduction to Music Research
Contact hours
Supervision: 6 x one-hour sessions per semester
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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