Seniors must submit a PDF of their completed thesis to their adviser, the Academics Program Administrator and the Departmental Representative by...
Students are expected to choose their advisers, meeting to discuss potential ideas before forming an agreement. The Departmental Representative can help assign the adviser. The department encourages students to work with different faculty members for their junior paper and senior thesis, so that they can be exposed to different modes of thinking about music.
Music Majors are welcome to include a performance component as part of their thesis. The performance must be directly related to and integrated with the written work, which remains required. Such theses from past years include: Structural Aspects of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 (with performance by Princeton University Orchestra) and The Double Life of Zefirino (with full production and performance).
The senior thesis is graded by the adviser and a second reader, who is assigned by the Departmental Representative. The final thesis grade is the letter equivalent of the numerical average of the two readers' grades. The readers at this final stage will provide comments in a brief report, offering feedback about the central claims of the paper 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.
For a thesis with a performance component, the performance adviser and the academic readers of the written thesis will consult with each other to decide on a weighting of the two parts of the thesis. The final thesis grade is the letter equivalent of the weighted average of the grades for the two components, where the grade for the written thesis is the numerical average of the academic readers' grades.