1) Establish your research question(s):
Begin by asking…
What is it about this work that interests you?
What do you wish to learn about the piece?
How have scholars analyzed or viewed the work in the past?
How might you draw on your own musical skills/expertise (instrumental, major, etc.) to provide a new understanding of the work?
Which source(s) best fit the needs of your idea?
Succinctly state one or two research questions that you hope to answer with your completed project.
2) Decide which format/plan will best fit your project:
– Plan A: Analytical paper (4000 words [i.e., 8 pages])
– Plan B: Alternate format (Creative project with 1500–2000 words [3–4 pages] of analytical material; terms adjustable on a case-by-case basis)
SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT FOR DESCRIPTIONS and REQUIRED ELEMENTS
3) Compile a brief annotated bibliography:
1) Search library resources and databases (see Library Resources Page on Course WordPress Site) for sources related to your work/topic.
2) Compile a list of at least THREE recent (post 1960) scholarly sources (this does not include the scores that you will use), at least one of which is an article.
4) Provide a 200 word (2 paragraph) project proposal that identifies:
In the first paragraph:
1) The work and its basic details
2) Summary of previous scholarly treatment
3) Your research questions
In the second paragraph:
4) Your methodology (identify Plan A or Plan B selection)
5) Your intended project outcome (paper, composition, recordings, etc.)