Schedule for Honors Projects
JUNIOR SPRING/SENIOR FALL
Formulate a topic in consultation with your faculty advisor(s). If your project includes a recital or public colloquium, please ensure that you have a confirmed date in the Music Department calendar.
No later than October 14, submit an Honors proposal of 2-5 pages to the faculty. The proposal should outline the project, explain the topic or repertoire and the issues to be addressed, and include a preliminary bibliography. This proposal should identify the advisor(s) and second reader(s) of your written work, and indicate the date of the Honors recital or public colloquium presentation. In addition to the proposal, please submit one of the following:
• Students undertaking a thesis: two examples of written work that demonstrate your ability to write capably about music.
• Students undertaking a performance and supporting paper: an example of written work that demonstrates your ability to write capably about music, and a list of solo or chamber music performances in which you have been involved during your time at Dartmouth. Please indicate the number of terms in which you have been enrolled in college-level private music instruction.
• Students undertaking a composition: two compositions reflecting work completed during your time at Dartmouth. These works should demonstrate a significant level of craftsmanship and creativity.
The faculty will review honors proposals in late October and notify students whether they have been accepted into the Honors Program. Accepted students will be assigned an advisor, who in most cases will be the advisor named in the proposal.
Winter term will normally provide the principal working time for Honors projects, and students are expected to turn in drafts chapters of their thesis or supporting paper on a regular basis. No later than the end of winter term, all Honors candidates should meet with their advisors to review the status of work to date.
No later than April 1, Honors candidates must submit a completed first draft of their thesis, supporting paper, or musical composition. Failure to meet this deadline will disqualify the project from consideration for Honors. During April, students will finalize revisions to their work on the basis of comments from advisor(s) and other readers.
No later than May 1, Honors candidates must submit a revised draft of any written work, including musical compositions. Failure to meet this deadline will disqualify the project from consideration for Honors. During May, drafts of written work will be available for review by all Music Department faculty. Each project will be evaluated by at least two members of the faculty who were not involved in advising the project. Any faculty member may suggest or request modifications ranging from style editing to conceptual rethinking, and students will be expected to incorporate these modifications into the final draft of their work.
Honors candidates are expected to share the results of their work with faculty and colleagues in a public presentation. Students who are primarily performers will typically fulfill this requirement by giving a recital. Composers and thesis authors should schedule a colloquium during April or May (two students may share a colloquium). Authors of written theses should present their project and answer questions about it; composers should present a live or recorded performance of their work (workshop versions of large-scale compositions are permissible) and be prepared to discuss it.
Honors recitals and colloquia must take place no later than May 25. Failure to meet this deadline will disqualify the project from consideration for Honors. Please keep in mind that May is heavily scheduled, and that your event should be arranged at a time that does not conflict with other recitals and colloquia, or with rehearsals and performances of Hopkins Center ensembles.
It is the responsibility of Honors candidates giving a recital as part of their project to ensure that their IIP instructor attends the recital and submits to the Music Department chair a written evaluation of the performance and preparation leading up to it. The evaluation form can be completed online.