Research in Music Education I
MUSI 5341 Syllabus
Tarleton State University
Instructor: Dr. Vicky V. Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org (254)968-9245
For week by week description of requirements, assignments, and exams, refer to the Course Outline at the following link:
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
Bellman, J. D. (2007). A short guide to writing about music (2nd ed.): Pearson.
Phillips, K.H. (2008). Exploring research in music education & music therapy.
New York: Oxford University Press.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association,
7th edition. (Please get this version as there have been
changes from earlier editions.)
Access to Microsoft Word
Here are some additional excellent references for music research.
Phelps, R., Sadoff, R. H., Warburton, E. C., & Ferrera, L. (2005). A guide to research in music education. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc.
Wingell, R.J. & Herzog, S. (2001). Introduction to research in music. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
Sampsel, L. J. (2009). Music Research: A handbook. New York: Oxford University Press.
Intended Student Learning Outcomes
Knowledge Outcomes: Students will develop an understanding of:
the different kinds of scholarly writing about music
the process and organization of gathering information
the attributes of scholarly writing
Skill Outcomes: Students will be able to:
appropriate resources to gather information needed in scholarly inquiry
write a research proposal
write in APA
carry on a scholarly dialogue in a discussion forum
Value Outcomes: Students will:
be familiar with resources necessary for scholarship and research
begin to develop their own personal interests for topics in music education research
apply research findings to practical classroom situations
Online lecture material
Weekly graded assignments
Weekly assignments based upon the lecture and reading material
30% Discussion Posts
20% Final project
All segments done as assigned
Length, proofreading, formatting, etc. checked
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
Presence in discussion within time assigned
Absent or late
Appropriate forethought given to comments where required
Application of readings
Same as above for coursework
Comments advance understanding
Comments have minimal substance or merit
Note: In grading
assignments with subjective content, students do not begin with a 100%
and lose points for infractions. Rather, these grades are
judgments about overall performance. That is to say, students who
have earned an 85% did not necessarily "lose" 15 points through error,
but were judged to have performed at a B level.
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 email@example.com. More information can be found at www. tarleton.edu/sds or in the University catalog.
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;
turning in a paper or project previously used in another course; 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. 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 your student handbook:
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.
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.
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