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Instructor: Dr. Gordon J. Callon
E-Mail: gordon.callon @
Sample Examination, April 2008 (useful as check list):

Course Content and Procedure:

Special Studies in Music History is provided as guidance in Independent Study in the History of Music. Each student works on one or more separate projects. Normally such Independent Study includes extensive work with Primary Sources.

Consultation may asist to determine whether there are additional projects that each student may complete in order to supplement the independent work on each topic. Another purpose is to determine what sources and resources each student should be consulting and studying to supplement the work in each project. These consultations are generally very useful.

It is helpful if each student presents written material as part of each weekly consultation.

Results of Students' Work (Final Report or Paper):

Normally, results of each student's term study is presented in some form of final report.
This may be a paper, or in other forms.
Often, this is completion and submission of a music edition (in music notation).
Other final submissions may include (but certainly are not limited to) collections of documents, data bases, presentations of physical objects (such as musical instruments), drawings, diagrams, plans, etc., Internet publishing projects, computer software, computer simulations, performances, etc.

Material submitted electronically (on diskette, by e-mail as attachments, or by other means) may be in various formats (such as HTML, RTF, PDF, EPS, etc.). (Due to danger of Word macro viruses, Microsoft Word for Windows format is not accepted.)

Papers must contain adequate documentation (footnotes), and must have an adequate bibliography. A paper drawn only from principal dictionaries and encyclopedias is not adequate. The research in a paper must show evidence of a familiarity with various types of sources and resources (as discussed during the course).

Submissions in music notation must use proper notation suitable to the project. Notation must be of professional quality. Computer produced notation is preferred (though not required).

Students are encouraged to set up their final reports as WWW sites.
For these, students should supply the URL of their site.

The Final Examination is at the end of each term. The Final Examination is a take-home examination, due the last day of the examinations period, as determined by the Registrar's Office.

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Use of Technology:

In Music 4223 students will need to use online Internet resources for the following:
  1. To access information concerning Music History on the Internet. This may be accomplished by using links available as part of the Acadia Early Music Resources site.
  2. If available, use will be made of online Music reference resources, especially Grove Music Online.
  3. To complete and set up WWW Projects.

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Last updated: 24 May 2008.
Copyright © 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2008 by Gordon J. Callon. All rights reserved.
e-mail: gordon.callon @

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