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Music Thesis


Wed 21 Nov 2018, 2:20pm–7:40pm

Where: Showtime Events Centre, 61 South Wharf Promenade, Southbank, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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A music thesis is one of the least creative aspects of a music degree, which may be a reason for dread among music students. If you have not chosen a Fine Arts degree which allows your thesis to be an original score or performance or both, then you are stuck writing an in depth study of some aspect of music composition, theory, or history.

Unless you intend to become a music professor or possibly a critic, the writing of this thesis will serve nothing more than to satisfy your own sense of curiosity and a degree requirement as far as the rest of your career is concerned. To this end, choose something that interests you and for no other reason. No one but you will be putting in the hours with the books, the computer, and the researching so let no one influence your choices.

Having said that, before you begin, it’s a good idea to get your topic and music thesis statement approved. You may be the one who has to do the work, but the advising committee is the one who has to pass you.

Some good music thesis topics include:
Jazz History
Rock Music of the 1960s
Alternative Music
The Evolution of Christian Music in the Mainstream
Pop Culture Divas in Music
Music Theory
Music Orchestration
Writing Music
Native American Music
Ancient Music
Music as Communication
Music and the Media
Music Composition
Great Composers in Music History

When you’ve chosen your topic, picked a music thesis statement and focus, and gotten all of these approved, the most important thing is to make sure you give yourself enough time to do a thorough job and enjoy the paper. If your degree is not a fine arts degree, then chances are you enjoy music to the point that you truly enjoy knowing and finding out everything you can. If you chose a subject that interests you, then give yourself time to enjoy it. Start early. As early as possible.

Document everything as you go along, making copies as needed. There’s nothing worse than having a great piece of information that you can’t use because you can’t find the documentation. Even worse than that is wasting hours in search of that documentation—whether you find it again or not. In any case, you’ll need a bibliography for your music thesis and you might as well create it along the way so that you’ll have one less thing to do when it comes time to do the final polishing and turn it in.

When you’ve finished researching, lock yourself away as if you were creating a great piece of music yourself. You will need all the space you can get to create a cohesive piece out of all the information you’ve gathered together. Don’t let anyone see it until you have finished a complete first draft, left it alone, and come back to edit it at least once. You don’t want to bring in the critical eye of another until you’ve had enough time to get a solid grasp on what it is that you want to accomplish with your music thesis. This understanding may not come until the very end, so give it time. And enjoy!