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Overview

Written in a clear and conversational style, A Short Guide to Writing About Music,2e examines a wide range of writing assignments for music courses at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum. Employing a variety of writing samples as a means to illustrate effective writing, this brief and inexpensive text teaches writers how to deftly research and write about music.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321187918
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 4/17/2006
  • Series: Short Guides Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE

1–WRITING ABOUT MUSIC

Words About Music: Why?

Choosing an Audience

Kinds of Writing

History and Biography

Style Study

Analysis

Performance Study

Organological, Archival, and Source Studies

Criticism

Marxist Criticism

Soviet Pseudo-Marxist Criticism

Cultural Criticism

Gender Studies in Music

Postcolonial Criticism

The Author’s Opinion: Clarity and Restraint

2–WRITING ABOUT MUSIC BY, AND FOR, THOSE WHO

CANNOT (NECESSARILY) READ IT

What You Can and Cannot Do

The Concert Review

Reporting on a News Event

Artistic Evaluation

Promoting Community Interest in Music

Popular and World Musics

Crossing the Cultural Divide

3–WRITING MUSIC ANALYSIS

Analysis and Its Uses

Analytical Content vs. Play-by-Play

Analysis Without Musical Examples

Technical Terminology

Two Analytical Excerpts with Commentary

Organizing Analytical Writing

4–THREE KINDS OF PRACTICAL WRITING

Program and Liner Notes

Biographical Background

Cultural Context

Style and Affect

Summaries and Abstracts

The Summary

The Abstract

The Press Release

5–BELIEF INTO WORDS: OPINION AND THE WRITING

OF AN EFFECTIVE ESSAY

Presentation and Tone

Organization

Confrontational Writing

Stylistic Excess

The Writing Process: From Outline to Final Draft

“Benefits of the Suzuki Method,” by Jessica Mosier

“Skryabin’s Mystical Beliefs and the Holographic Model,”

by Jeff Simpson

Hints on Beginning

6–RESEARCH IN MUSIC

The Purposes of Research

Choice of Topic

Locating Sources

Kinds of Written Sources

Non-English Sources

Reference Sources

Books

Journal and Magazine Articles

Other Web-Based Sources

Recording Liner Notes

Musical Scores

Use of Sources

Optimizing Research Time

Don’t Believe Everything You Read!

Scholarly vs. Textbook Sources

Relative Age of Sources

Authorial Perspective

Dependability of the Source Itself

Special Difficulties in Using Musical Sources

Citing Your Sources

To Quote or to Paraphrase?

Turning Research Into Writing

The Foundations of Your Research

On Being Derivative

Whose Ideas?

Choice of Sources

The Opening Paragraph

Conclusions

7–A SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPER IN MUSIC

“Gershwin’s French Connection,” by Amie Margoles

Commentary on the Margoles Paper

8–STYLE IN WRITING

The Meaning of “Style”

Academic Style Traits

Complex Sentence Structure

Obscure Words

First Person Plural

Passive Voice

Traditional Academic Organization

Fashioning Clear Sentences

Taste

Gender-Neutral Wording and the Pronoun Problem

Transitions

Variety

Punctuation

Colon, Semicolon, and Comma

A Note on Hyphens and Centuries

Specifically Musical Uses of Punctuation

Accuracy in Wording

Ill-Advised Upgrades

Beat, Meter, Rhythm

That and Which

Accuracy in Spelling and Punctuation

Aggregate Titles

Awkward Wording

Toward a Personal Style

9–THE FINAL MANUSCRIPT

General Format

Binding, Paper, Duplication

Word Processing

Copies

Title Page

Spacing and Margins

Block Quotations

Bibliography

Abbreviations

Latin Abbreviations and Terminology

Musical Abbreviations

Titles of Musical Works

Musical Examples and Captions

Production of Examples

Captions

The Citation Process

Footnotes or Endnotes

Parenthetical Citation Format

Incomplete Citations

Abbreviated Citation Form

Sample Citations

Explanatory Footnotes

Musical Scores

Last-Minute Corrections

INDEX

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