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There is a very wide variety of resources that might be helpful to a music learner. The usefulness of any particular resource depends on its availability, trustworthiness, understandability, and relevance in the learner's current situation.

This inquiry -style module guides you through the process of locating and evaluating resources that might be useful in an inquiry about music. It is meant to serve both as practice in how to do a formal inquiry and also as a specific orientation to the Investigate step of an inquiry. After doing this inquiry, you should have a better idea of the types of resources that will be available and useful to you in your own inquiries about music.


This inquiry will actually focus on two questions. The main question is: what kinds of resources can I find to answer my questions about music, and how useful will they be in answering my questions?

In order to explore the answer to that question, you should choose a question about music to use as a focus for this investigation. This inquiry will be most useful if you choose a question that:

  1. Is a good question for a formal inquiry (see Designing Inquiry Questions );
  2. Is about a musical tradition, genre, style, composer, or performer that you would like to know more about; and
  3. May have more than one reasonable answer. This inquiry asks you to consider the relative trustworthiness of different sources. This is a much more interesting exercise when some sources give different answers. Is there a confusion that you have about music because different sources appear to give different answers? Do you know of a controversy, for example, about how to perform a certain style of music, how to learn a certain skill, or how to categorize a certain composer's work? Or can you think of a question that might be answered differently by experts in different music traditions?


There are several different, interconnected challenges involved in locating useful learning resources:

  • Finding relevant information
  • Evaluating the relationship of the information to your investigation
  • Connecting with and understanding the information
  • Organizing and internalizing the knowledge

The following investigation invites you to consciously think about each of these problems as you search for answers to your question.

Finding relevant information

There are many different types of sources of knowledge about music. You will probably find some easier to understand, more useful, or more persuasive than others. (See Ways of Knowing About Music .) In this first step, you are simply looking for information that seems to be relevant to your investigation. It might contain an answer to your question, or someone's opinion about the answer, or definitions or examples that will help you understand the answer, or facts or discussions that would be useful in comparing different answers or constructing an answer for yourself.

For this investigation, try to find at least one relevant resource from each of the following categories . If you find it frustratingly difficult to find any particular type of resource, you can skip that category; but every time you skip a category, substitute a second resource from an easy-to-find category. For example, if there are no local experts available, but video lectures are easy to find, choose two video lectures and skip the local expert. You should have nine resources in all.

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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