Field Research Proposal

Project description
MUS 327 Field Research Proposal

Required Text: Jeff Todd Titon et al. Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World�s Peoples, Shorter Version/3rd Edition. Belmont, Ca.: Schirmer, 2009, ISBN: 978-0=495-57010-3 (includes 3 audio CDs).

Your project must include some contact with a live musician or group of musicians or others involved with music in your community (within the United States) (see text pp. 365-366). Your proposal should be a brief (50 words or so) outline of your topic. A topic is narrower than a subject (see text p. 369). It needs to be defined fairly clearly to guide you in your investigation and to help you organize your material. The research project is described in the text book on pages 365 and 366 as �A third approach��
For example, here’s a subject that is too broad: Music in Vietnamese Churches in Stockton. An acceptable topic might be: The Use of Traditional Instruments in a Vietnamese Church in Stockton. Many others are possible, but it’s usually worse to pick a topic that is too broad than one that is too narrow.
Field Research Project: This is a documented study of a topic selected by the student which explores a musician or musicians involved in live music-making in the student�s community and residing within the community. A few examples of such musicians are: a local Mariachi group, a local blues band, a local high school madrigal choir, a local drum and bugle corps, a local church choir, a local folksinger, a local Japanese drum group, a local Hindusthani classical music ensemble, etc. The research project is described in the text book on pages 365 and 366 as �A third approach��


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