Departmental Honors

Honors in Music 2020-21

Faculty Rules stipulate “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 have earned a grade of "A" or "S with distinction" in at least half of their coursework in the department. Please note that Brown's transcripts do not indicate whether a student receives distinction in a S/NC course. ("S*" indicates that a course is mandatory S/NC.) This information must be obtained from the course instructor or the Registrar's Office.

Departmental Procedures:

The Department designates three kinds of projects leading to honors in music:

(a) Research project in history, theory, or ethnomusicology.
(b) Performance project accompanied by pertinent research of lesser scope than (a). (Scholarly program notes required)
(c) Composition/Computer Music project. (score required if applicable; recording and/or video documentation desired, short project description)

NOTE: the term HONORS COMMITTEE refers to a student’s honors thesis advisor and readers.

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

  1. An honors candidate must secure a faculty advisor and a second reader to serve as an honors committee for his or her project by the end of the year before graduation—typically, the end of the sixth semester.  At the beginning of the penultimate semester the student will submit a proposal describing the project to the honors committee for approval. Examples of recent honors proposals are available here (Brown login required). The proposal must receive committee approval and be given to Mary Rego for distribution to the full faculty by the first day of the first full week of classes 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.
  2. It is expected that honors projects will normally take two semesters to complete. Students pursuing honors may choose to register 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 penultimate 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.
  3. Last semester deadlines: Honors candidates must submit a complete draft to their honors committee by the first day of classes following the eighth week of the last semester. 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 first day of classes two weeks later. In the case of performance projects, this means that both the public performance and the scholarly component must have been completed by this date. In the case of research projects, all figures, notes, bibliography, and other critical apparatus must have been completed. Failure to make the deadline may result in the forfeiting of honors by the candidate, though the student may complete the project as a capstone project.
  4. 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.
  5. The advisor will deliver a copy of the completed thesis to the Mary Rego by the middle of the eleventh week of the last semester so that it may be made available for review by the full faculty. (Online, or hard copy on reserve in the Music Library.)
  6. During the twelfth week of the last semester, the advisor will report on the project at a meeting of the Department faculty for a vote.  The advisor will notify the student of the faculty’s decision.
  7. Honors recipients will present their projects at a Department of Music Convocation held once annually at noon on the first day of final examination period in Semester II.

Deadlines for Academic Year 2020-21

ACTION

Projects starting in Semester I

Projects starting in Semester II

Submit honors proposal to honors committee

(beginning of the penultimate semester)

September 22, 2020

January 20, 2021

Submit proposal to Mary Rego

(typically first day of the first full week of classes but affected by COVID-19 in 2020-21)

September 28, 2020

January 27, 2021

Faculty Meeting to approve proposals

(possibly one week later)

October 6-13, 2020

February 2-9, 2021

Partial draft due to honors committee

(finals week of the penultimate semester)

December 7, 2020

April 19, 2021

Completed draft due to honors committee

(first day of classes following the eighth week)

March 15, 2021

TBD

Final revisions due to honors committee

(first day of classes two weeks later)

March 29, 2021

TBD

Thesis delivered to Mary Rego

(middle of the eleventh week)

March 31, 2021

TBD

Faculty meeting to vote

(during the twelfth week or one week later)

April 13, 2021

TBD

Honors Presentations and Awards Ceremony

(occurs once annually)

TBD

Deadlines for Academic Year 2019-20

ACTION

Projects that started in Semester II of 2019-20

Submit honors proposal to honors committee

(beginning of the penultimate semester)

January 22, 2020

Submit proposal to Mary Rego

(first day of the first full week of classes)

January 27, 2020

Faculty Meeting to approve proposals

(possibly one week later)

February 11, 2020

Partial draft due to honors committee

(finals week of the penultimate semester)

May 6, 2020

Completed draft due to honors committee

(first day of classes following the eighth week)

November 2, 2020

Final revisions due to honors committee

(first day of classes two weeks later)

November 16, 2020

Thesis delivered to Mary Rego

(middle of the eleventh week)

November 18, 2020

Faculty meeting to vote

(during the twelfth week)

November 24, 2020

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