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Helping users write clear, convincing, persuasive prose on musical topics, this practical guide focuses on general writing issues as well as special challenges of writing about music–with clear, step-by-step explanations of the process of writing a paper. Updated to reflect the latest research methodology, resources, and technology, it continues to offer strong coverage on research, organization, drafting and editing–and includes a thorough section on basic writing skills. Contains complete chapters on writing about music, analysis and research, getting started, writing a research paper (from choosing a topic through outlining, writing the draft, editing and revising), questions of format, other kinds of writing projects (i.e., seminar presentations, concert reports, program notes), writing styles, and common writing problem. Covers the latest musicological research and new resources for researching both print and electronic publications. Discusses writing papers on a PC, and provides a sample paper in the appendix that illustrates matters of format and discusses the events in the musical work. For writers.

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This guide for undergraduates describes techniques for writing clear, convincing prose on musical topics. In addition to presenting step- by-step instructions for writing a research paper, the text discusses the requirements of forms such as the seminar presentation, concert reports, program notes, and essay examinations. Other topics include formatting, bibliography, footnotes, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. The third edition includes a new sample student paper with discussion questions.
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Synopsis:

' This guidebook provides practical and specific assistance to undergraduate students about writing research papers and other types of projects in the field of music. It also offers practical help in writing effective prose on any topic and ways to improve one\'s writing style.

The Third Edition has been extensively revised and rewritten. The organization of the material has been changed in order to present issues in a more logical order. There are expanded sections on new approaches to musicological research, electronic resources for research, and how to use word processing programs to draft and edit a paper. The section on format issues has been revised and expanded to make the detailed information it offers clearer and more useful. Finally, a new sample student paper has been included in the Appendix, along with discussion questions designed to help students analyze the paper, read more critically, and understand better the process of researching a topic, designing a paper, and arguing a thesis persuasively. '

Synopsis:

This guidebook provides practical and specific assistance to undergraduate students about writing research papers and other types of projects in the field of music. It also offers practical help in writing effective prose on any topic and ways to improve one's writing style.

The Third Edition has been extensively revised and rewritten. The organization of the material has been changed in order to present issues in a more logical order. There are expanded sections on new approaches to musicological research, electronic resources for research, and how to use word processing programs to draft and edit a paper. The section on format issues has been revised and expanded to make the detailed information it offers clearer and more useful. Finally, a new sample student paper has been included in the Appendix, along with discussion questions designed to help students analyze the paper, read more critically, and understand better the process of researching a topic, designing a paper, and arguing a thesis persuasively.

Table of Contents

1. Writing about Music.

Why We Write about Music. The Special Challenges of Writing about Music. Inappropriate Ways to Write about Music. Musicological Research and Writing.

2. Analysis and Research.

Analysis. Questions to Consider. Examples of Works and Research Directions.

3. Getting Started: Research.

Choosing a Topic. Kinds of Topics. What Research Means. Gathering Materials. Places to Start: Print Resources. Places to Start: Electronic Resources. Evaluating Resources. Foreign-Language Sources. When to Stop: How Much Research Is Enough?

4. Writing a Research Paper.

The Outline. Writing the Draft. Bibliography. Editing and Revising the Draft. Printing. Proofreading. Keep Your File. Plagiarism.

5. Questions of Format.

Format for College Papers. Format for Quotations. Bibliography and Footnote Form. Format Issues Related to Writing about Music.

6. Other Kinds of Writing Projects.

The Seminar Presentation. Concert Reports. Program Notes. Essay Examinations.

7. Writing Style.

Some Basic Ideas about Writing. Different Kinds of Prose. Tone. The Stance of the Writer. Referring to Yourself. Writing Effective Sentences. Effective Paragraphs. The Effective Essay.

8. Common Writing Problems.

Errors in Basic Grammar and Writing. Spelling Issues. Some Troublesome Word Pairs. Punctuation. Special Problems Involved in Writing about Music.

Conclusion.

Appendix: Sample Paper.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780130406033
Subtitle:
An Introductory Guide
Author:
Wingell, Richard
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Location:
Upper Saddle River, NJ
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Academic writing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Nonfiction
Subject:
Musical criticism
Subject:
General Music
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
135
Publication Date:
November 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.92x6.16x.36 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , ' This guidebook provides practical and specific assistance to undergraduate students about writing research papers and other types of projects in the field of music. It also offers practical help in writing effective prose on any topic and ways to improve one\'s writing style.

The Third Edition has been extensively revised and rewritten. The organization of the material has been changed in order to present issues in a more logical order. There are expanded sections on new approaches to musicological research, electronic resources for research, and how to use word processing programs to draft and edit a paper. The section on format issues has been revised and expanded to make the detailed information it offers clearer and more useful. Finally, a new sample student paper has been included in the Appendix, along with discussion questions designed to help students analyze the paper, read more critically, and understand better the process of researching a topic, designing a paper, and arguing a thesis persuasively. '

"Synopsis" by , This guidebook provides practical and specific assistance to undergraduate students about writing research papers and other types of projects in the field of music. It also offers practical help in writing effective prose on any topic and ways to improve one's writing style.

The Third Edition has been extensively revised and rewritten. The organization of the material has been changed in order to present issues in a more logical order. There are expanded sections on new approaches to musicological research, electronic resources for research, and how to use word processing programs to draft and edit a paper. The section on format issues has been revised and expanded to make the detailed information it offers clearer and more useful. Finally, a new sample student paper has been included in the Appendix, along with discussion questions designed to help students analyze the paper, read more critically, and understand better the process of researching a topic, designing a paper, and arguing a thesis persuasively.

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