An Academic Guide for Those Who Want to Impress the Reader: Music Thesis Writing Ideas


Music is a great subject to write a thesis paper on, but it can be challenging as well. Use the recommendations below to produce an outstanding paper.

  • Be specific enough.
  • When writing about music, it may be difficult to find “the golden mean.” Some students make their discussions so brief and abstract that readers can’t understand anything, while others go too deep into minor details. To avoid these mistakes, step into your reader’s shoes. Imagine how your text would read to you if you did not know this piece of music and only had your thesis paper to judge it.

  • Avoid “road-mapping.”
  • Music is an inspiring subject, or at least so it should be. Your paper will benefit from your focus on the general impression from a particular piece, rather than on technical details. A step-by-step description (“the horn plays the first theme, the violin does this, and the bassoon does that”) may be boring or overwhelming to your reader. Get away from such “road-mapping.” Be creative. Use figurative expressions to conduct the emotions evoked by the tune so that your readers can imagine what it sounds like (“the high flute notes create a sense of rising up to the sky”).

  • Stick to reasonable margins and font size.
  • Music thesis papers do not typically have strict and specific formatting requirements. You may be tempted to set your margins wider or your text longer in order to make your paper look more “solid” than it actually is, but such tricks are obvious to most instructors. If you get too far away from the common formatting with a clear intent of boosting your text volume, your readers will be annoyed. The same is true for using intricate, flourishing fonts. Impress your audience with your content, not any embellishments.

  • Allow yourself enough time to edit and amend.
  • Few papers come out perfect from the very beginning. Experienced writers recommend that you write your rough draft one day, then put it away for a day or two before looking through it again. You will probably discover many minor inaccuracies or areas for improvement that have escaped you before.

    It may be beneficial for your thesis paper if you show it to your instructor in at least a week’s advance for feedback. Do not be upset if your draft comes back with lots of criticisms and suggested improvements. Use these bits of competent advice to hone your music thesis into a work you can be proud of.

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