All music concentrators will choose a culminating experience for their senior year, either a capstone project or honors project. This may take the form of a performance, scholarly study, or original creative work. All students will have a primary advisor for their Senior Project. The work may be done independently of a course for credit, as an independent study, or within the framework of an existing course.
Types of Projects
The senior project can take the form of a scholarly study, performance, or original creative work, or some combination of the above. Students work with their Concentration Advisor and capstone/thesis advisor to design a project appropriate for their goals and interests. Descriptions of recent senior projects are available on Our Seniors page.
Capstone or Honors Thesis
The difference between a capstone and an honors thesis is primarily one of scope. A capstone is a one-semester project with a single faculty advisor, undertaken in the seventh or eighth semester. The work may be done as an independent study (MUSC 1970), within the framework of an existing course (e.g., an expansion of a research paper in a seminar, or a final creative project in a Music and Multimedia Composition course), or outside of the course-for-credit structure (e.g., a recital or a community-based project).
Honors in Music
Students who pursue Honors in Music complete an honors thesis, which is a two-semester project with two faculty committee members: a primary advisor and a second reader. Honors candidates should secure committee members by the end of the sixth semester, and must submit a thesis proposal for review by the full Music faculty at the beginning of the seventh semester. Examples of recent honors proposals are available in the Google drive (Brown login required). Seniors working on honors theses may enroll in MUSC 1970 (Independent Study) in either semester, but this is not required.