Is Music Composition Original Research?
Achievement levels in composition vary greatly, from college freshmen writing original melodies for the first time, to the great symphonies that Mozart wrote at a similar age. And how is it usually done? Has the process changed with the advent of computer music notation? This chapter will explore the criteria for evaluating the strength of a compositional research project, what background research needs to be undertaken and documented, and how such work might be seen and heard by a variety of audiences from experts to the average listener. Quotes from student composers will be followed by sample project abstracts.