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.

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, 3rd Ed.
    Sampsel, Laurie J.
    ISBN: 978-0190644505


  • 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 an Associate Professor of Music History in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Specialty areas include the music of Early Modern England, music history pedagogy, and flute history. Before joining the faculty at Colorado State, Dr. Grapes taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Front Range Community College, and Southern Utah University.

Dr. Grapes served as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicological Society (2014–15), as well as Immediate Past President (2015–16). She is also a former board member of the North American British Music Studies Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society, and was representative to the CMS National Student Advisory Council. She is a member of the American Musicological Society, North American British Music Studies Association, College Music Society, Society for Seventeenth-Century Music, Renaissance Society of America, and the National Flute Association. Dr. Grapes is the program notes writer for the Colorado Bach Ensemble and hosts a "Composer Talks" series for the Fort Collins Symphony. She is also an active performer on the flute and piccolo along the Colorado Front Range.

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