A dissertation determines your overall grade and can either help your academic career or break it. It requires investing time, energy, motivation and skills such as research skills in order to do a great job. However, to ensure that your dissertation is not only accepted but also wins you a great grade and high regard, you must present an original dissertation that fulfills the objectives it has indicated. It should be well-researched, coherent and a demonstration of knowledge applied in solving a real life situation effectively. To produce such a dissertation and get high marks for it, you need to know how a dissertation is evaluated so that you can tailor it for a great evaluation. While these evaluations differ among different departments or universities the criteria is pretty much the same and may include the following:
Depending on what type of music thesis the student has chosen to write, the thesis may warrant some unusual appendices. Whereas the theses of other disciplines often contain appendices of additional charts or graphs, music theses may contain appendices of musical manuscripts or even possibly recordings of a piece of music. The student should talk with his or her major professor about how to convey the necessary information in an appendix; the professor may be willing to allow the student to use some non-standard appendix formats, such as a CD insert.