Research Methods & Dissertation lecture: With Dr. Simone O'Calloghan
A reminder about writing points such as writing in the 3rd person; correct use of grammar; shorter paragraphs and quotes and avoiding cut and paste. The latter is one I need to be careful of as I tend to do lots of draft writing and then copy bits over to the final document. I do not now if the plagiarism software used will recognise that it is my own work.
There was also a guest speaker who talked to us about the history of computer games and some of the controversy around them.
Professional Practice/Honours Project: Dr. Kenneth McAlpine is my supervisor. He has organised us into small interest groups for the project discussions. I am aligned with Lauren who is examining a comparison of recordings of old and modern instruments and Gary who I think is investigating teaching but in a different aspect from my research. Sadly he was unable to make it this week. The weather was hair raising. I was concerned that I would not make it either but thankfully I had allowed extra travel time.
I record lectures and tutorials on the Plextalk pocket. I find this extremely useful as I can listen again and think about what has been said, plan actions and make further notes in my own time. This device will also read word and pdf files to me once they are uploaded to it. I was able to share the mp3 file from the group meeting with the other group members by moving the file to audacity, cutting it into manageable file size in 3 parts exported back as mp3 and emailed out.
Other activity this week included a visit to the Edinburgh City Music Library where I found several texts on Choral Teaching and on Singing.
Actions for next week are:
- Analyse My Bonnie Lass She Smileth by Thomas Morley.
- Think about which techniques in choral leadership I want to use in teaching the new works to the choir.
- Check with Rae McIntosh, Shandwick place, Edinburgh re ordered scores.
- Think about the structure/content of the survey.