A Short Guide to Writing about Musicparallels musical skills to writing skills, examining a wide range of writing tasks for undergraduate and graduate courses.
Intended for all writers on music - college through budding professional - and far more than a course textbook, this brief and inexpensive text coaches writers how to approach, research, and write about music. A Short Guide to Writing about Music is written in a clear and conversational style, and employs a variety of writing samples (both student and professional) as a means to illustrate effective writing.
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