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 towards:


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, 2nd Ed.
    Sampsel, Laurie J.
    ISBN: 978-0195171198


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


Bryan Christian

Colorado-based composer Bryan Christian has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the 59th Festival Les Musicales (2011; Colmar, France), and the 19th and 20th Juventus Festivals (2009 and 2010; Cambrai, France), among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Fulbright Fellowship to Estonia, the BMI Student Composer Award, and the Indiana University Dean’s Prize in Music Composition.

In addition to being a composer, Bryan is also a specialist in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century music. His primary theoretical and scholarly interests are spectral and post-spectral music and generative music. Mr. Christian’s dissertation research at Duke University focuses on the post-spectral French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier and the idiosyncratic harmonic constructions in Vivier’s late music.

Bryan is a Ph.D. candidate in music composition at Duke University (ABD; expected 2014), where his advisor is Scott Lindroth. He holds degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (B.Mus.with honors, 2007), the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (M.A., 2009), the University of California San Diego (M.A., 2010), and Duke University (M.A., 2013). Bryan has studied composition with Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, Chinary Ung, Toivo Tulev, Helena Tulve, Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker, Don Freund, and P.Q. Phan.