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M401 History and Literature of Music I

This guide will assist M401 students with locating resources for their research assignment in History and Literature of Music I.
  • Methodology sources provide models, definitions or perspectives for understanding an argument.  They provide an ideological lens through which you can analyze your topic such as Feminism of Marxism.
  • The purpose of a methodology is to explain how you will examine and look at your evidence to support your argument.
  • For example:  Using a Feminist perspective, you could view compare and contrast how Monteverdi's music written for women and men differ.
  • Note: Not every research paper needs methodology sources--you can successfully write a research paper without them.   

Methodology sources from Grove Music Online

Grove Online (from Oxford Music) is an encyclopedia, so you need to search using general terms and keywords. These articles will give you a general overview of philosophies and provide a bibliography for further information.
Search term examples:

  • Feminism
  • Gender and Music
  • Marxism
  • Musicology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Reception