Chapter 5

Documentation

Chapter 5 of Performing Music Research focuses on three different types of documents, beginning with pre-existing written, audio, and audiovisual documentation. First, the chapter gives examples of pre-existing documents, such as program notes, which can be used in studies as research data in their own right and as stimuli for research. Second, it considers documentation created specifically for research purposes. This includes recordings of music making, which are a rich source of information in music research, and diaries—whether written, audio, or audiovisual. Third, it considers drawings and other forms of visual representation. Throughout, the chapter highlights the possibilities of obtaining insights from documentary data by using newly developed technologies.

Practice questions

These questions test your knowledge of the content of Chapter 5.

Documentary data constitute a subset of documentation.
Which of these categories is not considered documentation?
Researchers must address reliability and ___________ when generating documents for research purposes.
Archival research involving the study of pre-existing documentation is more appropriate to musicology or performance history than music education, psychology, or performance science.
What materials would you be most likely to analyze using keyword-in-context (KWIC) methods?
LWIC stands for _______________ Inquiry Word Count.
How were recordings attributed to the pianist Joyce Hatto correctly identified as having been made by other pianists?
Event-contingent protocols are time-based designs.
Participants’ diaries enable researchers to carry out ________________studies.
What does ESM stand for?
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