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A Short Guide to Writing about Music (2nd edition)

A Short Guide to Writing about Music (2nd edition)

By: Jonathan Bellman (author)Paperback

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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 MUSICWords About Music: Why?Choosing an Audience Kinds of Writing History and BiographyStyle StudyAnalysisPerformance Study Organological, Archival, and Source StudiesCriticismMarxist CriticismSoviet Pseudo-Marxist CriticismCultural CriticismGender Studies in MusicPostcolonial CriticismThe Author's Opinion: Clarity and Restraint2-WRITING ABOUT MUSIC BY, AND FOR, THOSE WHOCANNOT (NECESSARILY) READ ITWhat You Can and Cannot DoThe Concert ReviewReporting on a News EventArtistic EvaluationPromoting Community Interest in MusicPopular and World Musics Crossing the Cultural Divide3-WRITING MUSIC ANALYSISAnalysis and Its Uses Analytical Content vs. Play-by-Play Analysis Without Musical ExamplesTechnical TerminologyTwo Analytical Excerpts with CommentaryOrganizing Analytical Writing4-THREE KINDS OF PRACTICAL WRITINGProgram and Liner Notes Biographical BackgroundCultural ContextStyle and AffectSummaries and AbstractsThe SummaryThe Abstract The Press Release5-BELIEF INTO WORDS: OPINION AND THE WRITINGOF AN EFFECTIVE ESSAYPresentation and ToneOrganizationConfrontational WritingStylistic ExcessThe 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 SimpsonHints on Beginning6-RESEARCH IN MUSICThe Purposes of ResearchChoice of TopicLocating Sources Kinds of Written SourcesNon-English SourcesReference SourcesBooksJournal and Magazine ArticlesOther Web-Based SourcesRecording Liner NotesMusical ScoresUse of Sources Optimizing Research TimeDon't Believe Everything You Read!Scholarly vs. Textbook SourcesRelative Age of SourcesAuthorial PerspectiveDependability of the Source ItselfSpecial Difficulties in Using Musical SourcesCiting Your SourcesTo Quote or to Paraphrase?Turning Research Into WritingThe Foundations of Your ResearchOn Being DerivativeWhose Ideas?Choice of SourcesThe Opening ParagraphConclusions7-A SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPER IN MUSIC"Gershwin's French Connection," by Amie MargolesCommentary on the Margoles Paper8-STYLE IN WRITINGThe Meaning of "Style"Academic Style TraitsComplex Sentence StructureObscure WordsFirst Person PluralPassive VoiceTraditional Academic OrganizationFashioning Clear SentencesTasteGender-Neutral Wording and the Pronoun ProblemTransitionsVarietyPunctuationColon, Semicolon, and Comma A Note on Hyphens and CenturiesSpecifically Musical Uses of PunctuationAccuracy in Wording Ill-Advised UpgradesBeat, Meter, RhythmThat and WhichAccuracy in Spelling and PunctuationAggregate TitlesAwkward WordingToward a Personal Style9-THE FINAL MANUSCRIPTGeneral FormatBinding, Paper, DuplicationWord ProcessingCopiesTitle PageSpacing and MarginsBlock QuotationsBibliographyAbbreviationsLatin Abbreviations and TerminologyMusical AbbreviationsTitles of Musical WorksMusical Examples and CaptionsProduction of ExamplesCaptionsThe Citation ProcessFootnotes or EndnotesParenthetical Citation FormatIncomplete CitationsAbbreviated Citation FormSample CitationsExplanatory FootnotesMusical ScoresLast-Minute CorrectionsINDEX

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  • ISBN13: 9780321187918
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780321187918
  • ISBN10: 0321187911
  • edition: 2nd edition

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