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Honors Program in Music


Students may complete an honors project in music in several different areas or combinations thereof: 

  • composition: a recital of original compositions
  • performance: a solo recital accompanied by program notes
  • research: a written thesis
  • hybrid: honors project that combines research with either performance or composition. A hybrid research/performance honors project culminates in a half recital (30 minutes) coupled with a 25-40 page written thesis.
  • Projects should represent high achievement within the undergraduate academic setting
  • Honors projects that combine areas must meet the stated requirements for both the areas being combined.
  • Students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher may submit a proposal for an honors project in music

Deadline for submission: March 1 of the junior year

Procedures to Submit Proposal 

Step One

In the first week of October and the first week of November: “Call for Proposals for Honors Projects” sent to all junior music majors with a 3.5 GPA or above.

Step Two

Schedule a meeting with the Honors Coordinator to go over the Emory College Honors Program as it is fulfilled in the Music Department, which should include the following discussion points:

  • a general idea about the recital repertoire or research questions to be investigated
  • identifying the faculty member who will serve as the primary advisor for the honors project (faculty should be approached before this meeting.)
    • Artist Affiliates are not to be named primary advisors but may serve on the committee.
    • The primary advisor will need to agree to provide regular guidance and input to the student. In the case of performance honors where the applied instructor is an artist affiliate, the primary advisor and artist affiliate will work together in advising the student and assuring that appropriate deadlines are met.

Step Three

By March 1st of the Junior year: prospective honors students must submit a written proposal (detailed below) to the Honors Coordinator for distribution to the full faculty of the Music Department.

  • The Honors proposal must be signed by the primary advisor and artist affiliate, if applicable.
  • Faculty consideration of an honors proposal will be based on student eligibility, the merit of the proposed recital program, portfolio, or research project, and the faculty advisor’s assessment of the student’s work at that juncture.

Step Four

The music faculty will approve or deny the project by May 1.

  • Approval is given based on the vote of the music faculty.
  • Any changes of personnel, including primary faculty advisor or applied music instructor, will void approval of the proposed project.
  • Once approved the student must meet with the Honors Coordinator and agree to meet all deadlines associated with the project.
  • Performance and Composition Honors students must schedule dates and times with the appropriate Schwartz Center staff, keeping in mind that all honors projects must be complete before the second week of April.