(Piano Pedagogy, Individualized Programs, BA, other programs)
Departmental Honors Advisor:
Dr. James Bankhead
FA 107, ext. 7297
Eligibility for Acceptance:
Qualified students will have cumulative GPAs of at least 3.30 and will have declared a major in the department.
Program of Study:
The 15-credit requirement for Honors in Music is met by successfully completing contracts in the following courses:
- 3-6 credits in Honors Senior Thesis/Project (HONR 4900, MUSC 4940, or MUSC 4920). This project must have a substantial written component and may involve musical performance. A committee composed of the Departmental Honors Advisor, the student's faculty mentor, and at least one other member designated by the Honors Advisor shall serve as the review panel for this Thesis/Project.
- 6-9 upper-division credits in the department. Any upper-division course in the department may be used. Courses in Music History and in Music Literature/Repertoire are the best fit for many students.
- 3 upper-division credits may be taken outside the department, with the Departmental Honors Advisor's approval.
*Nothing lower than a B grade is acceptable in courses in which an Honors contract is being completed.
**Students who fail to complete a contract, once entered into with a faculty member, will be placed on academic probation for one semester.
Requirements for Completion of Degree:
The successful candidate will graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in upper-division major requirements and Honors coursework.
The successful candidate will complete a Senior Honors Thesis/Project and present the project in a public forum, such as USU Student Showcase, Department Colloquia, Senior Recital, or some other venue deemed appropriate by the student's review panel. Many students have found it helpful to relate the courses taken on Honors contract to the final Thesis/Project.