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MUSI471 Research Methods and Approaches (Advanced)

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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 (Advanced)
Paper code MUSI471
Subject Music
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,371.61
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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MUSI 371
Limited to
BA(Hons), MusB(Hons), PGDipArts, PGDipMus

Dr Jennifer Cattermole

Teaching staff

Dr Jennifer Cattermole and Dr Suzanne Little


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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

By the end of this course, students 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 and complexities involved in researching music, particularly through engaging with supplemental readings;
  • 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, to a high standard;
  • Apply ideas from the scholarly literature to real-life musical examples;
  • Reflexively evaluate their own learning through in-depth analysis;
  • Locate, retrieve and appropriately cite scholarly literature; and
  • Use evidence to formulate and support a coherent argument, demonstrating a high level of 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