honors students perform

To be eligible for honors in music, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 in the major and 3.3 in university, pass the Ear-Training and Listening Repertoire requirements with a high score, and produce a final project, recital, or paper deemed worthy of honors.

To apply for honors, a student must gain permission from the department (contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music), arrange to work with one of the full-time faculty and register for MUSA4960 or MUSA4961.  The project must be completed for a grade of A- or better to receive honors.

There are three ways to fulfill the honors project depending on one’s concentration:

  • a research paper in theory, musicology or ethnomusicology of no less than 40 pages with a public presentation on their findings;
  • a recital of around 40 minutes, but no less than 30 minutes, with a paper of no less than 15 pages. (Non-honors majors may still do a senior recital for credit as MUSA4600 Senior Recital Preparation but without it being considered for honors);
  • a composition or set of compositions of no less than 15 minutes.