Since the shift from largely structure-focused to more listener-focused music analysis, there has been increasing interest not only in questions of music perception and cognition, but also in methods borrowed from the sciences, in particular computational analysis and behavioral experimentation. In his third 1999 Ernest Bloch Lecture (http://www.musiccog.ohio-state.edu/Music220/Bloch.lectures/3.Methodology.html), David Huron offers a survey of trends in research methodology that attempts to reconcile postmodernism and scientific empiricism. Focusing on the second part of this lecture, reflect on the following questions: According the Huron, what are the main (methodological) differences that arise in relation to these two perspectives? How do these differences relate to the two forms of skepticism he identifies? What is the “moral” dilemma that faces the researcher and how can this inform a researcher’s choice of methods? And finally, what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of applying empirical methods to music research questions?
In preparation for class discussion, please post a short preliminary comment, no later than Tuesday, September 3, 11:59 PM. You may respond to one of the above questions or raise other questions you find particularly interesting. Make sure to review your colleagues’ responses before class meets.