Foundations of Music Education

Final Project

 

Please choose one of the topics below:

 

 

CEMREL

The Cognitive Properties of Music

Contemporary Music Project

Current Topics in Music Teacher Preparation

The Educational Value of Popular Music

Four Educational Methodologies:  Dalcroze, Orff, Kodaly, Gordon

The Influence of Religion in Public School Music Education

Is Music Advocacy Legitimate?

Is Secondary Music Education Elitist?

Manhattanville Music Curriculum Project

The Pestalozzian Philosophy of Music Education

Praxis Music Education

The Purposes of Music

Tanglewood Symposium and the "Go" Project

Testing Musical Aptitude

World Musics in Music Education

 

Research Paper Content

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Format in APA style (parenthetical citations)

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Cover your topic thoroughly.

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Research your topic.  Justify any conclusions.  Opinions should be absent or kept to a minimum.

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Write for clarity.  You will understand your topic better than your classmates, so make sure you don't get so hung up on details that they miss the point.

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Proof-read your paper for punctuation, syntax, spelling, and grammar.

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Paper should be 5-7 pages in length, excluding the bibliography

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One inch margins, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font (refer to the APA Manual for other specifics)

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References at the end.

 

 Critique

bulletLook above under "Research Paper Content."  Did your classmates follow those guidelines?
bulletWas the paper clear and easy to understand?
bulletDid you learn something?
bulletDid he/she cover the topic sufficiently so that you were thoroughly informed?
bulletWas the text written in a scholarly manner?

 

 

Critiquing Tips

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Don't just say "good job!"

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Pretend that your friend has asked you to look over this paper before showing it to his/her boss.  Your role is to help make it as good as possible.

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Be specific.  For example, refer to specific pages and paragraphs as in "On page 7, paragraph 3, you used 'their' instead of 'there'."

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If you were confused or felt that you were missing something when reading a section, that is a sign that more explanation was needed or that something needed to be stated more clearly.  If you had to read a paragraph more than once to 'get it,' you should ask yourself why.

 


 

 

 

 

Note:  You must be on the Tarleton network to access articles on these sites.  The easiest way to do this is to go to the Tarleton library first (www. tarleton.edu/library).  Access to any of these databases from there requires your NTNET ID and Password which puts you on the network.

RESOURCES

These are databases available to you from the Tarleton library

Oxford English Dictionary

TSU Library

Oxford Music Online

JSTOR

EBSCO

International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text

World Cat

 

 

Writing Rubric

 

Criteria

Performance Indicators

Failing

Poor

Fair

Good

Excellent

Content

Paper fails to meet content requirements.

Paper appears to be hastily written

Arguments are unsupported

Exploration of the topic is superficial or contains numerous accuracies.

Movement between ideas is abrupt or illogical.

Introduction and/or conclusion are missing or incomplete.

Paper shows some knowledge of standard works in the field, but incorporates too much unsupported opinion.

Paper includes some inaccuracies.

Ideas are somewhat difficult to follow.

Introduction and/or conclusion are truncated or unclear.

Paper shows familiarity with standard works and terms in the field.

Readers may be left feeling that some aspects of the subject have not be explored.

Paper reviews what others have written about the topic.

Ideas are arranged logically.

Introduction and conclusion are clear.

Paper shows extensive knowledge of standard works and terms in the field.

Readers’ questions and objections are anticipated and answered.

Writer provides new information, clarity, or a unique perspective to scholarly discussion of topic. 

The paper is organized, logical, and supported.

An inviting introduction and a noteworthy conclusion are present.

 

0 points

21 points

24 points

27 points

30 points

Sentence Structure

Unacceptable deviation from standard usage of grammar, tense agreement, or other sentence structure elements.

Multiple errors in grammar, tense agreement, or other sentence structure elements.  Some words used incorrectly or multiple that require explanation.

Several errors in grammar, tense agreement, or other sentence structure elements. Some words used that are unclear or should have been explained.

Minimal errors in grammar, tense agreement, or other sentence structure elements. Occasional word is unclear or unexplained.

Writing is grammatical. Words selected create sentences that are clear, varied, complete, and uncluttered. Words are explained when necessary. Tenses agree, as do subject-pronoun, subject-verb, and pronoun-reference.

 

0 points

14 points

16 points

18 points

20 points

Audience Voice Tone

Unacceptable deviation from formal language and word usage.

Significant deviation from formal language and word usage.

Some deviation from formal language and word usage.

Minor deviation from formal language and word usage.

Writing is directed toward an academic audience and is free from clichés, jargon, inappropriate colloquialisms.  Diction is formal, avoiding I and we, slang, and contractions.

 

0 points

7 points

8 points

9 points

10 points

Spelling Mechanics

Unacceptable number of errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and numbers.

Multiple errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and numbers.

Several errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and numbers.

Minimal errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and numbers.

Words are spelled correctly; rules of punctuation, capitalization, abbreviation, and numbers are observed.

 

0 points

7 points

8 points

9 points

10 points

Use of Sources

Material from other authors appears to have been cut-and-pasted into text.

Direct quotes often used unnecessarily.

Direct quotes sometimes used unnecessarily.

Material from other authors is credited and used as supporting evidence.

 

Material from other authors is smoothly integrated into text.

Quotations are limited to statements that are particularly striking or examples in which the source’s precise wording is important.

 

0 points

7 points

8 points

9 points

10 points

Format

Unacceptable adherence to APA style.

Many errors in APA style.

Several errors in APA style.

Minor errors in APA style.

Writing, source documentation, and references follow correct APA style.

 

0 points

14 points

16 points

18 points

20 points

Total points

 

 

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