MU 630 - Methods of Music Research

  • 3 credits
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"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.

This course can be applied toward:


MU 317 (Music Theory V).

Textbooks and Materials

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


  • Music Research: A Handbook, 2nd Ed.
    Sampsel, Laurie J.
    ISBN: 978-0195171198
  • The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed. (2010)
    University of Chicago Press
    ISBN: 978-0226104201


K. Dawn Grapes

(970) 491-4134 |

K. Dawn Grapes is Special Assistant Professor of Music History at Colorado State University. She holds a B.M. from Western Michigan University, an M.M. from Colorado State University and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Specialty areas include the music of Early Modern England, 19th and 20th century American Music and musical theology. Recent awards include a 2010 Ogilivy Travel Fellowship from the Boulder Center for British and Irish Studies for research studies in Oxford. Before joining the faculty at Colorado State, she taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Front Range Community College and Southern Utah University.

Grapes is also an active performer on the flute and piccolo along the Front Range. She is currently a board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society and a representative to its National Student Advisory Council, as well as a member of the American Musicological Society and the National Flute Association.

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