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Associate Professor & Chair of Music
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Here are three examples of the experiences and opportunities you have as a music major or minor
1. You can combine two seemingly disparate subjects. Like John Cusimano who studied music and neuroscience for his senior capstone project.
2. You can write your own composition and perform it. Like Edward Davis who wrote a mass for six voices for his College Honors project.
3. You can intern at a fine arts camp. Like Linda Sanabria who worked at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Minnesota between her sophomore and junior year.
In each case, students get to apply what they learn in class (or in rehearsal) to the so-called real world. Here's how we do it:
We offer many informal performances—from concerts arranged by the campus radio station to impromptu jam sessions—as well as programs, listed with the curriculum, that are directed by faculty and carry academic credit. Performance opportunities include:
Our faculty also provide private music lessons to students in the areas of: classical piano, strings and voice; all jazz instruments; jazz voice, improvisation, and composition/arranging; and all concert instruments. Read more about private music lessons (PDF).
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 capstone projects include:
There's no better way to explore the possibilities of life after Knox than internships:
Many of our majors -- and minors -- pursue College Honors or other research and creative projects. Some even present or perform their work at national and international conferences. Recent projects include:
Our students take advantage of the more than two dozen study abroad and off-campus programs. In the past five years, students have studied in: