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Office of Undergraduate Research

Research Opportunities by Department

Undergraduate Research in the Department of Music


Undergraduates in the music department typically carry out research through independent studies or honors projects, often in conjunction with a specific “track” for the music major (including tracks in theory, history, composition, conducting, popular music, and musical theater). Students usually work with a faculty adviser to define and carry out their specific research projects and are encouraged to discuss ideas with faculty at any time.

Undergraduate research in music has included academic projects (analysis and historical research), composition (musical theater and chamber works), and performance—including a recent project that culminated with a live performance of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour.

Some recent honors projects include:

  • Guang Yi Chua, 2012. "Music and Emotion: A Pilot Study on Music's Therapeutic Potential on Mind."
  • Jake Haskel, 2012. "The Three Phases of Water," a Jazz Suite composed for the University of Rochester Jazz Band and conducted by the composer with a pre-concert lecture.
  • “Colors of the Night” by Adam Baratz, 2007. Composition for String Orchestra and Percussion with accompanying paper.
  • “Schöne Welt? Form, Nature and Narrative in the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” by Charles Codling, 2006. Theory and analysis research paper.

How to get started:

They best way to get involved is to begin taking music courses and discussing your ideas with the faculty. We encourage a wide range of possibilities, including scholarship, performance, composition, technological study and entrepreneurship. More information about honors projects can be found on the music department web site.

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