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Honors in Music 2013-14

Brown University shall, at graduation, grant honors to students whose work in a field of concentration has demonstrated superior quality and culminated in an honors thesis of distinction.

In order to apply for Honors in Music a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • The student must have acquired a 3.5 cumulative grade point average overall.
  • The student must also present evidence of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in course(s) that count toward the concentration, including MUSC0550-0560. (We equate “S with distinction” with A.) Grades of “S” are not computed in the grade point average.

Departmental Procedures:

The department designates three kinds of projects leading to honors in music.

(a) Research project in history, theory, or ethnomusicology

(b) Composition project (score required; recording desired if possible)

(c) Performance project accompanied by pertinent research of lesser scope than (a).

(d) Computer Music project (documentation of final performance and summary documentation required)

This document assumes that honors students are graduating in the spring semester. Adjustments to the schedule for mid-year graduates are possible Please notify the student affairs coordinator if you wish to pursue a mid-year honors project. NOTE: the term HONORS COMMITTEE refers to a student’s honors thesis advisor and reader(s).

A student wishing to propose a project should proceed as follows:

  • Honors candidates must secure a faculty advisor and a second reader to serve as an honors committee for their project by the end of the junior year. At the beginning of the senior year, the student will submit a proposal describing the project to the honors committee for approval. The proposal must be approved and given to the student affairs coordinator for distribution to the full faculty by the second Friday of the semester. The department faculty will vote on the proposals at the next regularly scheduled meeting. Decisions will be based on the student’s overall performance in music courses. and on the quality of the proposal. The advisor will notify the student of the faculty’s decision.
  • It is expected that honors projects will normally take two semesters to complete. Students pursuing honors may choose to sign up for MUSC1970 in the Fall and/or in the Spring. In any case, they will establish a series of regular meetings with their advisor. By finals week of the first semester, honors candidates must demonstrate substantial progress by submitting to the honors committee a partial draft of a paper or composition or, for performance projects, by playing a significant portion of the programmed repertoire. Failure to make sufficient progress may result in the termination of the honors project.
  • Spring semester deadlines: Honors candidates must submit a complete draft to their honors committee by the Monday following the Spring break. The committee will comment on the project and suggest revisions. Revisions must be completed, and the final project submitted to the honors committee by the Monday two weeks later. In the case of performance projects, this means that both the public performance and the scholarly component must be completed by this date. In the case of research projects, all figures, notes, bibliography, and other critical apparatus must be in place. Failure to make the deadline may result in the forfeiting of honors by the candidate, though the student may complete the project as an independent study.
  • The honors committee will confer to determine their views on their projects. If the second reader is outside Music, the advisor may solicit a written recommendation about the merits of the project.
  • The advisor will place a copy of the completed thesis on reserve in the Music Library by Wednesday of the third week of April so that it may be reviewed by the full faculty. On the fourth Tuesday of April, the advisor will report on the project to the full faculty for a vote. The advisor will notify the student of the faculty’s decision following this meeting.


Deadlines FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-15

Submit honors proposal to honors committee - Sept. 5

Submit approved proposal to Student Affairs Coordinator - Sept. 16

Faculty Meeting to approve proposals - Sept. 24

Partial draft due to honors committee - Dec. 12

Completed draft due to honors committee - March 30

Performance component completed and final

revisions due to honors committee - April 13

Thesis submitted to library by advisor - April 15

Faculty meeting to vote - April 28