Students with a particular interest in Ethnomusicology/Popular Music, Musicology, or Music Theory & Analysis will propose a senior thesis of 6,500 words or more in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).

The Thesis Senior Project Proposal requires the following information:

  1. A 250-350 word proposal for an argument-driven academic thesis that will engage with and contribute to recent and relevant scholarship in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, sound studies, and/or music theory. Submit as a PDF. Two-thirds of your paper must be completed in MUSC 490.
  2. A bibliography for this topic proposal that includes ten relevant scholarly sources. Submit as a PDF.
  3. A writing sample at least five pages long, preferably one related to your proposed topic. Submit as a PDF.

Once you have prepared the above materials, submit your proposal using the Senior Project Proposal Form.

Thesis or Non-Recital Assessment

Each senior project component is graded Pass with Distinction (PD), Pass (P), or Fail (F). The paper is worth 85% and the research presentation plus Q&A 15%.


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