Research Lab II: Replication


The Research Lab II curricular unit to intends to:

1. Acquire specific knowledge related to the parts that constitute a research proposal (literature review, problems, questions / hypotheses, methodology, data analysis, discussion, limitations, ethical issues);

2. Acquire knowledge regarding the most common research designs, methods and techniques in the field of Music;

3. Know examples of research in the field of Music in early childhood;

4. Develop the ability to interpret studies published in the field of Music in early childhood;

5. Develop the ability to replicate the methodology described in a study previously selected in a real context;

6. Acquire basic knowledge of organization of the data collected.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Isabel Lemos do Carmo Pereira


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 140

Teaching language



Not applicable.


Burton, S. L., & Taggart, C. C. (Eds.). (2008). Learning from young children: Research in Early Childhood Music. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
Colwell, R., & Webster, P. R. (Eds.). (2011). MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning. Volume 1: Strategies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Colwell, R., & Webster, P. R. (Eds.). (2011). MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning, Volume 2: Applications. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Creswell, John W. (2014). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches (4th ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
Culp, M. E. (2017). The relationship between phonological awareness and music aptitude. Journal of Research in Music Education, 65(3), 328-346. DOI: 10.1177/0022429417729655.

Teaching method

Theoretical classes and fieldwork. Theoretical classes include presentation of studies carried out with children in the area of Music. It is intended, on one hand, to provide students with general knowledge for reading and interpreting studies in the field of Music; and on the other hand, to provide additional preparation for students who want to pursue PhD studies. The fieldwork consists of replicating a study previously selected by the teacher. In this way, it is intended to provide students with the application of research techniques and methodologies with a real sample of participants.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Method - Oral presentation of a scientific article.(30%), Report delivery.(70%)

Subject matter

I. Introduction to Research

  • Philosophical principles;

  • Research Designs (quantitative, qualitative, mixed);

  • Issues and guiding questions / hypotheses;

  • Participants;

  • Research methods (data collection, analysis and interpretation);

  • Research Ethics;

  • The importance of replication;

  • Literature review;

  • Structure of a research project.

II. Analysis of published studies

  • Identification of parts of a research article;

  • Literature review topics;

  • Identification of design, participants, methodology, methods of data collection and analysis;

  • Implications for Music Education;

  • Study selected for replication.

III. Replication of procedures

  • Study theme selected for replication developed by a guest speaker;

  • Procedure replication training;

  • Storage of collected data.