MU 630 - Methods of Music Research

  • 3 credits

"Methods of Music Research" is a graduate-level research course that will prepare students to identify and explore the wide array of research materials available for in-depth study of topics within the musical discipline. Students will develop a working knowledge of both printed and online resources and will hone their bibliographic writing skills.

Coursework will include required readings and writing assignments, guided online discussions and a series of short-term research projects.

This course is suitable for teachers, performers and any others working in the professional music field. Periodic access to a library with a music reference section is recommended to be completely successful in this course. If you have questions regarding this class, please contact the instructor.


MU 317 (Music Theory V).

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Music Research: A Handbook
    Sampsel, Laurie J.
    ISBN: 978-0195171198


  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed. (2010)
    University of Chicago Press
    ISBN: 978-0226104201


Adam Torres

(970) 491-5529 |

Adam A. Torres is quite active in the Fort Collins community as a conductor, pianist, and educator. Adam currently serves on the faculty of Colorado State University as a Special Assistant Professor, with emphasis in online curriculum. Additionally, he also holds the positions of Apprentice Conductor with the Fort Collins Symphony and Music Director for Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado. Torres has studied with a number of conductors through the years, and has attended recent workshops with the Baltimore and Virginia symphonies with master teachers Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, JoAnn Falletta, and Jorge Mester.

As a pianist, Adam has worked in a diverse array of settings, with recent performances with organizations such as Cheyenne Symphony (substitute principal keyboard), CSU (staff accompanist, ensemble pianist), Fort Collins Wind Symphony, Health and Wellness Orchestra, Heart of the Rockies Christian Church, and First United Methodist Church of San Angelo. Additionally, he is a member of Sound de Trois, a flute, clarinet, and piano trio focusing on the music of contemporary composers.

Torres holds a Master of Music in conducting from Colorado State University. In addition to his teaching duties at CSU and engagements as a conductor and pianist, Adam maintains a private studio of piano students, and serves as Program Coordinator for the Summer Master of Music Education, Conducting Emphasis, Program.