Scarlet & Grey
Ohio State University
School of Music

Music 824: Essay Assignment

Ideally, research should focus on questions of the highest importance. The conscientious researcher always trys to answer the most important questions first.

Unfortunately, the most important questions cannot always be answered given our limited resources and limited understanding. Instead, we tend to focus on answering questions for which we have the accumen and resources to answer. Often these questions are not very interesting or compelling.

The best research endeavors to connect good "top-down" questions with good "bottom-up" research resources. Computer tools such as Humdrum can provide helpful resources for answering questions about music, but computer software should not dictate our research agendas. In learning how to use these bottom-up resources, it is equally important to learn to creative questioning about music. The purpose of this assignment is to get you thinking about the larger issues.

  1. You have been granted an audience with God.
    You will be allowed to ask her three questions related to music.
    What questions will you ask?

Introduce each of your questions with a paragraph that sets the stage for your question. You are not allowed to ask `meta-questions' (such as `what is a good question about music?'). Your submission should be no less than one page in length and no more than three pages in length.

How to submit an assignment.

DUE: Wednesday November 26th, 2008; 4:30 PM.