Senior Projects

The Senior Comp

Every graduate completes a Senior Project in his or her major field(s)–a significant piece of original research, designed by the student under the guidance of a faculty advisor, that demonstrates to employers and graduate schools the ability to complete a major assignment, to work independently, to analyze and synthesize information, and to write and speak persuasively.

In music, these projects most often take the form of analyses, performances, or examinations of music’s intersection with other disciplines such as biology, physics, neuroscience, psychology, economics, literature, or foreign languages.

Senior Projects that recently earned department honors:

A Genius in the Shadows: Rediscovering the Music of Fanny Hensel

The Evolution of the Concerto from the Baroque Period to the Classical Period, Illustrated with Concertos by Vivaldi, J.C. Bach, and Mozart

The Music of Proteins: A Unique Analysis of Class III Peroxidases in Brassicaceae

We Must Not Allow Chaos to Ferment as it Chooses: Assessing the Causes, Methods, and Effects of Music Censorship in the Soviet Union During the Cold War