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MUSI371 Research Methods and Approaches

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Examines a variety of approaches and methods used in the study of the world’s musics.

These papers canvass a wide variety of methods and approaches that can be used to study music (and other creative practices). For those students completing their studies at either third or fourth year, these papers will supplement the theoretical knowledge they have gained in music studies papers at lower levels. For students wishing to have a broad methodological foundation for honours and/or postgraduate study, taking this paper at 300- or 400-level will be essential.

Paper title Research Methods and Approaches
Paper code MUSI371
Subject Music
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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36 200-level points
MUSI 471
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Dr Jennifer Cattermole

Teaching staff

Dr Jennifer Cattermole
Dr Suzanne Little


Please contact the School of Performing Arts for a copy of the paper profile.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • Understand a variety of research methods and approaches that can be used to study music in different historical and cultural contexts
  • Understand the issues involved in using different methods to research music
  • Critically evaluate methods and approaches
  • Identify and apply a research lens appropriate to studying and analysing musical performances, in line with current thinking and practise
  • Communicate well, both orally and in writing
  • Apply ideas from the scholarly literature to real-life musical examples
  • Reflexively evaluate their own learning
  • Locate, retrieve and appropriately cite scholarly literature
  • Use evidence to formulate and support a coherent argument, demonstrating critical thinking

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41