Senior Project

A Senior Project takes many forms - from research papers to internships, compositions, outreach activities, and structured "real world" experiences. The keys to a successful project lie in close student mentoring, ongoing faculty/student dialogue, and careful review to insure the project is appropriate, completed within the framework of the semester, and properly evaluated.

Proposals for Senior Projects

Proposals must be submitted to the Undergraduate Chair in the semester prior to commencing the project. Failure to do this will delay the student's graduation. Students who do not appear for regular semester advising are putting themselves at risk.

The proposal is not a vague or loosely formulated statement. It is subject to NASM review and should reflect the very highest standards of quality. Multiple drafts may be necessary, and students should work with their advisors to insure a strong, clear, error-free and well-crafted proposal. It should include:

View the fillable Senior Project Proposal Form

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Senior Project Narrative Reports

Students who do a formal research paper will submit their work by the date indicated by the advisor. Those who choose a project that does not involve a research paper are required to submit a narrative report plus any supporting materials that are appropriate to evaluating the student's work (CD or DVD documentation of performed compositions or performances, letters of commendation/thanks, supervisor's reports, etc.). The narrative report should be 3-5 pages in length and demonstrate that the student has carefully thought about the experience and reflected on its strengths and weaknesses. What insights has the project brought the student? Has learning taken place?

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Sample work

Projects to date have included activities such as: an internship at the Honolulu Symphony, an internship and performance as part of an international exhibit at Mission Houses Museum, composition of a sonata with performance at the Young Composers' Symposium, and an internship at a recording studio with the added experience of recording the student's song.

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