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Enhance Your Education

Distinctive Programs in Music

There are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in musicThere are ample opportunities to enhance your studies in music through student research opportunities, College Honors, capstones, performance opportunities, off-campus study, and internships. These programs are integral to a Knox education, teaching you how to apply your skills in real world situations.

Student Research Opportunities and Creative Projects
Knox is a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research. In fact, more than 90% of all Knox students complete an independent research or creative project by the time they graduate. Many students' projects are supported by an unusually rich array of Knox College funding programs that together provide students more than $200,000 each year in support of their work. These sources include: Richter Memorial Scholars Program, Ford Foundation Research Fellows Program, Ronald E. McNair Fellows Program and departmentally supported independent studies. In addition, special fellowships awarded to Knox through national competitions and through the research grants of Knox faculty make Knox a leader in promoting top-notch undergraduate research.

Senior Capstones
Every music major at Knox completes a Senior Capstone, an immersive project designed and undertaken in close, individual consultation with a music faculty mentor. Recent projects include:

  • John Cusimano, Music and Neuroscience, "A Case Study of Music Intervention in Hospice Settings"
  • Laurel Tippe, Ethnomusicology, "Raise Your Voice: A Comparative Study of the American Women's Music Movements and Guinean Wasulu Music"
  • Jake Hawrylak, Composition, "Original Composition for Big Band"
  • Alison Gaines, Poetry and Music, "Letters to Composers"
  • Megan Beney, Anthropology of Music, "Sound Intentions: The Musicality of Infant-Directed Speech"
  • Ben Kammerer, Performance and Composition, "'Across the Chasm': Composition for Drumset"
  • Hali Engelman, Musicology, "Beethoven on Record: How We Listen and How We Play in the Recorded Age"
  • Harrison Graham, Musicology, "An Analytical Approach to the Reconstruction of Gesualdo's Sacrae Cantiones for 6 and 7 Voices"
  • Cole Atcheson, Composition, "'Beati Mortui': A Modern Motet"
  • Mattie Gulyash, Musicology, "Ornamentation in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea"
  • Nathaniel Beck, Arts Management, "The Business of Composition: The Compositional Process and its Engagement with Brand Management"

Performance OpportunitiesDoug Smith wrote and performed in
Knox offers many informal performances -- from concerts arranged by the campus radio station to impromptu jam sessions -- as well as the programs, listed with the curriculum, that are directed by faculty and carry academic credit. (Photo, right; Doug Smith wrote and performed in "The Ghost of Glastonbury," a murder-mystery, musical comedy presented by the Choir.) Performance opportunities include:

Off-Campus Study
For students interested in music, an off-campus program can provide exceptional experience and insight. Knox offers more than two dozen off-campus study programs. In the past five years, students in Music have studied in Chicago, Scotland, France, Italy, England, Russia, Mali, and China.

As a music student at Knox, you'll have the opportunity to expand your education -- to get that valuable experience you hear so much about -- by completing an internship. Internships provide an opportunity to explore and test career options, to gain experiences and skills needed to succeed as a professional, to build a resume, to network and make critical connections, and to experience a work environment. More and more employers are looking for college graduates with career-related experience. Knox's Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development specializes in helping you find an internship that best matches your goals and interests. Recent internships by music students include:

  • Spanish & French Translator, The Colman Group, Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Kathleen Harty '05, music major.
  • Post-Bac, Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. Hannah Sherry '05, political science and music major.
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