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 pf analyses, performances, or examinations of music’s intersection with other disciplines such as biology, physics, neuroscience, psychology, economics, literature, or foreign languages.

Recent Senior Projects

  • The Healing Power of Music
  • Analytical Studies of Schoenberg’s Op. 11, 12 and 25
  • A Study of the Genre ‘Suite’
  • Exploring the Uses of Electronic Synthesizers in the Creation of Sound
  • Tone Clusters (history and analysis of three works by Ives, Cowell, Bartok)
  • Fantasia (composition for Chamber Choir and survey of contemporary musical notation systems)
  • Chryses Awakening (an original opera)
  • Use of Biofeedback in the Study of Singing
  • Comparison of the Sound Production Mechanism of the Trumpet and the Light Amplification System of the Laser
  • The Effects of Musical Key Changes on the Frontal Lobes in Musicians and Non-Musicians Using Electroencephalogram Alpha Desynchronization
  • The Utilization of MIDI Technology as a Learning, Performing and Composing Tool
  • Vocal Pedagogy Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: An Overview of Vocal Pedagogy
  • An Overview of the History of Music Education in the U.S.
  • A Study of Baroque and Classical Composition with an Emphasis on J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart
  • The Guitar in the 20th Century
  • The Interrelation of Chopin’s Life and Works: A Case Study of Chopin’s Preludes op. 20
  • The Making of ‘Deforestation’: The Effectiveness of Music as an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Education (included original piano composition)
  • 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