Majoring in Music: Junior Independent Work

Junior Independent Work
Junior year is the time in which students gain greater facility in the methods and practices of their concentrations. The Music Major Junior Projects (or “JPs”) provides valuable training ground for this. First in the context of the Junior Seminar, and later under the supervision of individual faculty advisers, students learn to formulate, examine, and pursue ambitious research questions in the study of music.
The Fall Junior Paper
Princeton University Students

is written as a culmination of the Junior Seminar, as assigned by the Departmental Representative. This year (2018) the requirement is a research paper of 10-15 pages. Please see the deadlines section below to add the submission date to your calendar. Juniors who are participating in the Royal College of Music Program or spending the fall semester abroad submit a JP, either a paper or composition, at the end of the fall semester.

The Spring Junior Project
Princeton University Student

is developed in close consultation with a faculty member. This can be either a 20–40 page research paper, or a substantial composition. Juniors are expected to choose their faculty adviser in consultation with the Departmental Representative. Please see the deadlines section below to add the submission date to your calendar. 

Research Funding

for Independent Work is posted through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).

Submission Procedure

Juniors must submit copies of their junior project to their adviser, the Academics Program Administrator, and the Departmental Representative

Grading of Junior Independent Work

The Departmental Representative or the instructor of the Junior Seminar grades the junior independent work in the Fall Term; the student's adviser grades the junior paper or composition in the Spring Term. The reader will provide comments in a brief report, offering feedback about the central claims of the project and indicating areas of promise, as well as those for improvement. Though more in-depth feedback is given during the drafting stage, with an aim to improving the final product, it is the final product that is the sole determinant of the grade.