Research is a key component to the music technology field. New techniques, processes, and technologies are on the horizon of discovery at any given moment. Learning research techniques and gaining experience is key to any student’s academic success. In the field of music technology, research can take on many forms. Requiring, or encouraging, students to engage in research will allow the student an opportunity to practice formulating their ideas, finding resources and communicating their discoveries. The discovery and fact finding mission in music technology can be very gratifying for both students and their instructors.
Scholarly Research Experience
Students tend to have a natural disdain for writing research papers but if the topic is right, the amount they can learn from engaging in research is substantial. Through this experience, students will discover avenues that lead to answers and begin amassing knowledge of topic resources. This field is always in need of new, scholarly research.
A recommended strategy in advising or instructing students in academic, music technology research is to allow them to pursue a topic of interest; of course, some students may need a little assistance in focusing their topic interest. This field is expansive and encompassing which allows for a broad spectrum of research topics as long as the topic is related to music and technology of some kind. Assistance them in formulating a viable question to research.
Writing and communication skills are crucial in this field whether in academics or professional industries. Research not only exposes students to information retrieval processes but also other research ideas, topics, and questions. Your student may hold the answer to the field’s next big question. It is up to you to prepare them to share it with the world.
Applied Research Experience
The more popular of the research categories in music technology, instruction of applied research has no rules. A recording project, software creation, music performance, multimedia composition, a music composition, the list goes on and on. Applied research typically is suited for Junior and Senior level majors as an applied research project is usually associate with a music technology degree requirement. Apart from the successful project/research completion, it is recommended that students fulfill the following:
1. A presentation of research or performance.
2. A well written document describing the project/research goals and how challenges were overcome.
Help the student acquire the necessary skills needed to communicate clearly so that they can be prepared to share their new found knowledge.