Writing About Music: An Introductory Guide

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Writing About Music: An Introductory Guide

Format:  Paperback,

190 pages

Publisher: Pearson College Div

Publish Date: Dec 2007

ISBN-13: 9780136157786

ISBN-10: 0136157785

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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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Publisher: Pearson College Div
Publish Date: Dec 2007
ISBN-13: 9780136157786
ISBN-10: 0136157785
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 190
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 8.75 x 0.5

Chapter outline

Preface to The Fourth Edition
Purpose of the Fourth Edition
Changes in the Fourth Edition
Other Resources
How to Use This Book
Conclusion
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
Analysis and Research
Analysis
Questions to Consider
Examples of Works and Research Directions
Moro, lasso
Opening Chorus of Cantata No. 80, Ein'
feste Burg ist unser Gott
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C Minor, K. 491, First Movement
Otello, Act I, Scene 3
Faust
Symphony, First Movement
The Rite of Spring, Opening Sections
Gesang der J nglinge
Getting Started: Research
Choosing a Topic
Kinds of Topics
What Research Means
Gathering Materials
Places to Start: Print Resources
Library Catalogues
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Histories of Music
Biographies
Thematic Catalogues
Articles
Dissertations
Scores and Recordings
Places to Start: Electronic Resources
Search Engines
Databases
Lexicons
Online Journals
JSTOR
Evaluating Resources
Foreign-Language Resources
When to Stop: How Much Research Is Enough?
Writing a Research Paper
The Outline
Topic and Thesis
Topic Outline versus Sentence Outline
Introduction
Body
Conclusion
Revising the Outline
Writing the Draft
Musical Examples
Diagrams, Graphics, and Tables
Footnotes
Bibiliography
Revising and Editing the Draft
Computers and Editing
Checking Spelling and Grammar
The Editing Process
Printing
Proofreading
Keep Your File
Quotation, Paraphrase, and Plagiarism
Conclusion
Questions of Format
Format for College Papers
Paper
Page Format
Fonts
Spacing
Justification
Page Numbers
Format for Quotations
Short Quotations
Block Quotations
Ellipsis and Editorial Additions
Bibliography and Footnote Form: Humanities Style
Books
Additional Notes for Both Bibliography Entries and Footnotes
Dissertations
Articles in Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Articles in Periodicals
Notes
Notes on Articles in Lexicons
Articles in Collections of Essays
Scores
Sound Recordings
Citing Interviews, Correspondence, etc
Citing Electronic resources
The Author-Date System of Citation
Reference Lists (Lists of Works Cited)
Parenthetical Citations in the Text
Format Issues Related to Writing about Music
Stylistic Periods
Referring to Centuries
Referring to Musical Works
Naming Notes and Keys
Foreign terms
Musical Examples
Conclusion
Other Kinds of Writing Projects
Seminar Presentations
Research
Organizing the Presentation
Tone and Approach
Concert Reports
Purpose
Research
Writing the Report
Program Notes
Purpose
Who is the Audience?
Research
Working within Limits
Special Problems
Texts and Translations
Conclusion
Essay Examinations
Purpose
Preparing for Essay Examinations
How to Proceed
Common Errors
Conclusion
Writing Style
Some Basic Ideas about Writing
Different Kinds of Prose
Tone
The Stance of the Writer
Referring to Yourself
Writing Effective Sentences
Word Choice
Word Combinations
Sentence Structure
Effective Paragraphs
The Effective Essay
Introduction
Transitions
Conclusion
Summary
Common Writing Problems
Errors in Basic Grammar and Writing
Incomplete Sentences
Run-on Sentences
Agreement: Subject and Verb
Agreement: Pronoun and Antecedent
Proper Cases of Pronouns
Relative Pronouns
Misplaced Modifiers
The Split Infinitive
Mixed Metaphors
Spelling Issues
Using a Dictionary
Forming Possessives
Plurals of Borrowed Latin and Greek Words
Foreign Words
Medieval and Renaissance Names
Some Troublesome Word Pairs
Its and It's
Your and You're
Whose and Who's
Affect and Effect
Due to and Because of Fewer and Less
Like and Such as
Predominant and Predominate
Principal and Principle
Punctuation
The Period
The Comma
The Semicolon
The Colon
Quotation Marks
The Hyphen
The Dash
Parentheses
Special Problems Involved in Writing about Music
Technical Terms
Describing Musical Events
Summary
Conclusion
Appendix: Sample Paper
Index

Book description

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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