Resources for doctoral dissertations, documents & other projects in music 

School of Music Graduate Students


Planning and Writing Resources

  • Thomas S. Mullaney and Christopher Rea, Where Research Begins: Choosing a Research Project that Matters to You (And the World) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2022). - An entertaining workbook-style guide to finding a dissertation/document project that works for you. 
  • Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis, translated by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2015). - A classic in Italian, written before the time of the internet. It contains a lot of timeless advice on the writing process, from a great writer.  
  • Lynne Rogers, Karen Bottge, and Sara Haefeli, Writing in Music: A Brief Guide (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020). - Sage advice on writing research papers, focused on writing about music. It includes useful information about citation of musical sources.


Dissertation writing advice from The Chronicle of Higher Education and ChronicleVitae 


Workshop Recordings

9/7 Library Resources

9/21 Documents, Lecture Recitals, & Other Kinds of DMA Projects


Additional Resources

Dissertation Formatting

A model for a project proposal

Dissertation Writers Resources