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Music Resources for Graduate Students: RCR Class Exercises

Exercise #1

Exercise #1: Evaluating Scores

Compare several differing editions of a score:

Breakout Room 1:  Béla Bartók Solo Sonata for Violin

Breakout Room 2:  Johannes Brahms Violin Concerto

Breakout Room 3:  Various works of Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel

Some criteria for evaluation:
  • How do these scores differ from one another?
  • What are the editorial practices and principles of each score?
  • Can you tell who edited the score and what their qualifications are?
  • What is the intended audience or purpose of each edition?
Other questions you might consider, as time allows:
  • How would you assess the copyright or fair use factors?
  • Where might you look for other editions or sources?

Exercise #2

Exercise #2: Working with secondary sources

Using a variety of research guides, annotated bibliographies, and online gateways to research, find resources that would be helpful for studying the topic assigned to each breakout group:

Breakout Room 1:  The string quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven

Breakout Room 2:  The piano music of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Breakout Room 3:  The musicals and operas of Leonard Bernstein

Consider some of the following questions:
  • How would you describe each resource?  Consider some of the following aspects: ease of navigation and use, organization, comprehensiveness, authority, etc.  What problems did you encounter?
  • How would you evaluate these resources in comparison to one another?
  • How might you use these tools to identify resources for your students and to help them become responsible researchers?

Exercise #3

Exercise #3: Evaluate a Digital Project

Explore and evaluate a digital project.
  • Consider such aspects as accessibility, purpose, audience, scope, and authority.
  • Is it effective as a digital project, i.e. should it have been a digital project?
  • What have you learned from this that you feel would be instructive in creating your own digital project?

Breakout Room 1: Opening the Geese Book

Breakout Room 2:  Musical Festivals Database

Breakout Room 3: The Sonic Dictionary