Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Research Methods in Music and Multi-media

MUS-N 521 / 3 Cr. (Wednesdays 6-8:40 pm Class)

Introduction to the underlying principles and concepts of technology-based studies in the arts. Emphasis on the integration of scientific methodology, descriptive and inferential techniques, and multimedia instrumentation in project development.


Edmonds, W. A., & Kennedy, T. D. (2016). An applied guide to research designs: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Understand basic terminology used in research studies
  • Understand the role of aims, hypotheses, and research questions in determining research designs.
  • Apply the scientific method in designing a project of interest.
  • Apply appropriate analytic strategies based on research questions and type of data
  • Interpret results of data analysis in relation to research question

Quasi-experimental and experimental research for quantitative methods, including between- and within-subject approaches.

Non-experimental research for quantitative methods, including observational and survey approaches.

Non-experimental research for qualitative methods, including grounded theory, ethnographic, phenomenological, and narrative approaches.

Quasi-experimental, experimental, and non-experimental research for mixed methods, including convergent-parallel, embedded, explanatory, and exploratory approaches.

Principles of Graduate and Professional Learning
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to meet disciplinary standards of performance or to enter a program to earn a more advanced degree
  • Communicate effectively with peers, clientele, and general public
  • Think critically and creatively tom improve practice in their field
  • Meet all ethical standards established for the discipline
NASM Standards

XIV.A.1. Develop advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization.

American Music Therapy Association competencies

D.6.1 Perform and evaluate the results of a comprehensive literature review to identify gaps in knowledge

D.6.3. Apply diverse research designs as appropriate to their intended uses.

D.6.4. Use various appropriate methods of data analysis

D.6.12 Evaluate research with regard to research questions and problems, methods, procedures, data collection, analysis, and conclusions