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Music History II

Research Paper




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Due Dates

Tuesday, Jan. 16:  Submit chosen topic

Thursday, Jan. 25:  Turn in outline

Thursday, Feb. 1:  Turn in Draft #1

  Thursday, April 12:   Final Paper Due


Submit through Turnitin:   Class ID 1814328  Enrollment password MH88 (case sensitive)




Research Links

and remember:  Caveat Lector (let the reader beware)

which means - don't believe everything you read!

The Urtext

Student Research Guide

TSU Library

TSU Library Online Catalog

Turabian Guide

Turabian Guide (PDF)



Grove Music Online

Libary Loan link


Library WebServers







Specific Works

  1. Aaron Copland: An Uncommon Man
  2. Adam de la Halle:  Last of the Great Trouveres
  3. Allegorical Satire in Fauvel (de Vitry)
  4. American Music During the Baroque (William Billings)
  5. Amy Beach:  Passionate Victorian
  6. Ancient Greek Music:  The Extant Melodies
  7. Ancient Greek Instruments
  8. Anti-Semitism in Nineteenth-Century France (Meyerbeer)
  9. Bach and the Dance of God
  10. Beethoven: a Possessed Genius
  11. Beethoven and the French Revolution
  12. Beethoven's Aesthetic Ideals
  13. Billy Strayhorn:  Composer or Assistant?
  14. Boethius on Music
  15. Come Out Today
  16. Dido and Aeneas Revisited
  17. Empress Marie Therese and Music at the Viennese Court
  18. Fauvel
  19. Fiddler on the Move:  Klezmer Music
  20. Gesualdo:  Prince, Musician, Murderer
  21. Gil Evans:  Out of the Cool
  22. Guidonian Hand
  23. Hans Sachs:  Meistersinger and Poet
  24. Hildegard of Bingen
  25. History of the Clavichord
  26. History of the Saxophone
  27. Indian Music and the West
  28. Juju:  A Popular Music of Africa
  29. Kithara vs. Lyre
  30. Lully and the Art of Spectacle
  31. Martin Luther's Influence on Music
  32. Music as Propaganda:  the German Reformation (Luther)
  33. Music at a Medieval Wedding
  34. Music at a Renaissance Wedding
  35. Music in the Age of Shakespeare (Ben Jonson)
  36. Music in the English Courtly Masques
  37. Music of the Troubadours
  38. Satie's Cabaret Music
  39. Songs of the Women Trouveres
  40. The Emergence of Creole Jazz (Jelly Roll Morton)
  41. The Innovations of John Philip Sousa
  42. The Innovations of Louis Armstrong
  43. The Modal Jazz of Miles Davis
  44. The Music of Henry VIII
  45. The Music of Philip Glass
  46. The Musical Comedies of George M. Cohan
  47. The Progression of Notation
  48. Vocal Ornamentation in Handel
  49. Vocal Improvisation in Handel's Messiah


  1. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
  2. Gay, The Beggar's Opera
  3. Handel, Messiah
  4. Hildegard of Bingen, Ordo virtutum
  5. Monteverdi, L'Orfeo (early opera)
  6. Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
  7. Vivaldi, Four Seasons



How to Narrow Your Topic

  1. Answer a specific how or why question

  2. Address a specific task

  3. Set smaller bounderies of time or space

How to Broaden Your Topic

  1. Expand the time period in question

  2. Look at related repertoire or additional composers

  3. Ask different questions about the context in which the music under discussion appeared


Topic:  Slant

I.        Introduction

A.     Broad sentence

B.     But,

C.     Objective

D.    Procedure

1.      Established

2.      What’s new

3.      How does it affect slant

4.      Preview conclusion

II.     Past Research

A.     Biography

B.     Music

III.   Current Research

A.     Biography

B.     Music

IV.  Example: Slant

A.     Background

B.     Specific music

V.     Conclusion



Scholarly Writing

MLA Research Guide        Guide to grammar and writing



Final Checklist for Term Paper

____  made all changes in the drafts and attached drafts to the paper?

____  included a bibliography with approximately 14 sources?

____  read allow the paper to hear any mistakes?

____  ran spell checker?

____  avoided contractions and abbreviations?

____  avoided action verbs was inanimate objects: “This articles tells us little.”

____  used shortened references for 2nds, 3rd appearances of a source?

____  used ibid.?

____  inserted page numbers?

____  used:  “however;”  in the middle of a sentence?

____  numbered and titled all examples and illustrations?

____  referred to all examples and illustrations in your text?

____  inserted footnotes outside periods and commas?

____  used italics for complete works and quotes for parts of works?

____ used italics for foreign expressions not in standard use?

____  fixed hanging “this” by adding a noun?

____  tightened up (combined sentences) and fleshed out (dates, examples)?

____  provided dates wherever possible?

____  kept “I” (first person) to a minimum?

____  formatted long quotations (3 or more lines) as block quotes:  single spaced, indented from both right and left margins:



"Where I Spend Most of My Red Ink"


Inconsistent use of verb tense



Incorrect use of verb tense; for example, when verb tense agrees with a noun in a prepositional phrase, but not with the subject of the sentence

Neither of the two compositions is a symphony.



Faulty parallelism:  each idea in a series must match



Unclear pronoun reference:  be clear to what or to whom you are referring when using pronouns Example:  Because Senator Martin is less interested in the environment than in economic development, he sometimes neglects it.



Contractions - don't use them in a formal paper



Commas - See Snoopy illustration below



Who vs whom - if you can replace it with "he" or "she," then it should be "who"; "him" or "her" substitutes for "whom"



"Should" and "must" - If it is your opinion, back it up.  If it is someone else's idea, cite it.



"Some say" or "It is said" phrases - who says??  In a formal paper, do not make such vague statements.



Although not all commas make such a crucial difference in meaning, here is an illustration of the necessity of the humble comma.  The following sentence is interpreted by means of punctuation in two very different ways.


Woman without her man is nothing




1.  Woman; without her, man is nothing.


2.  Woman, without her man, is nothing.


Here's some "tongue in cheek" Grammar Advice and Dangling Modifiers




Order of Parts of the Paper

A scholarly manuscript falls into three main parts of division: the preliminary pages, the text, and the reference materials.

Parts of some of these sections are optional, and you are not required for this paper to use all of these sections.

The order, regardless of what parts may be left out, is as follows:

  1.  Title page
  2.  Copyright page (optional)
  3.  Dedication, Acknowledgments, Preface or Foreword (if appropriate)
  4.  Table of Contents
  5.  List of Tables (if appropriate)
  6.  List of Figures, Maps, Charts, Diagrams, and Schemes (if appropriate)
  7.  Text, including the introduction and all chapters
  8.  Appendix (if appropriate)
  9.  Bibliography or References
  10.  Abstract
  11.  Autobiographical Statement




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