I prepared a research paper on the relatively new and dynamic field of symbolic music information retrieval (MIR), a sub-domain of information retrieval (IR). My report provides an overview of the technology, a review of MIR literature, and an introduction to an existing MIR website, The Josquin Research Project. In this post, you can read the report’s introduction and literature review that shows an in-depth understanding of symbolic MIR and provides some critical analysis of the literature.
For a course on information retrieval systems, I researched the information literacy needs and obstacles of undergraduate music students. Based on my findings, I developed and led an effective and engaging student-centred lesson on how and why to use the database RILM when researching music. Preparing and leading this lesson was fun for me because I got to apply my teaching skills acquired from my previous jobs in Korean universities to the information literacy field.
For this assignment, I described two descriptive systems: one an existing descriptive system and proposed a new descriptive system. Each separate description identified combinations of content standards, markup formats, and controlled vocabularies. For the existing system, I chose the Sheet Music Collections of York University’s YorkSpace repository. For the second part, I proposed a system that would allow the performances of jazz solos in jazz recordings to be organized and described.
I researched and wrote a concise and compelling topic brief for the UBC Music, Art, and Architecture Library director arguing for the music division to contribute to diversity initiatives by implementing cultural events, programs, and exhibits that promote diversity.