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MUS 105 - Research Composers, Works, Styles, Periods

This research guide will help you with the papers in Music 105 that focus on a musical work/composition, a famous composer/artist, a historical time period, and/or musical style/genre.

2. Explore Your Topic

After thoroughly examining your assignment, now it's time to look for some initial background research on your topic.  Try a search in the following database to learn more about your topic.

Analyze Your Topic

  • Magnifying Glass Who is the composer and/or performer? What do you know about their life and musical career?
  • When the piece written? What time period? Does the piece reflect the musical style at the time?
  • What style or genre of music is the piece?
  • What musical terms or descriptions would you use to describe the piece?
  • How do you feel about it personally? What is your reaction to the piece, style, etc?