From the very first class we will be open about reading practices, including a library tour, thorough focus in citational practice, and the basics of historical research. Students will be given and develop strategies for reading texts, both primary and scholarly, as well as having to put into practice analyzing and approaching sources as varied as films, recordings, sculpture, painting, theatrical sets, and advertisements. The final project of the course—a themed playlist and accompanying essay, an annotated bibliography, or a syllabus—are designed for students to take ownership of the creation and dissemination of musical knowledge, and to take historiography seriously. These projects will be developed over the semester, and require the students to do independent research using library and other resources. We will also analyze new texts in class, in addition to homework readings. Students are required to post reading responses on Canvas before each class, and encouraged to engage thoughtfully and respectfully to each other’s ideas to create a collaborative classroom.