Your final term paper should be an “argument-based” ethno/musicological research paper written on a musical topic of your own choosing. In other words, you will write a paper about music in its social, cultural, political, historical, and/or economic contexts. “Music” is here defined as broadly as we’ve defined in the course—traditions of theater and dance in which music and sound figure are all fair game.
Developing a Research Question
Search the journal literature for your broad research topic.
Browse the results and write down the thesis of 3 peer-reviewed, argumentative research articles.
What have scholars been doing?
What other questions occurred to you as you browsed the articles?
Start asking yourself open-ended “how” and “why” questions about your general topic.
After you've written a couple of questions down on paper, evaluate these questions to determine whether they would be effective research questions or whether they need more revising and refining.
Share one of your research questions with the class.