Guided by a faculty mentor designated by the Music Department chair, students will design, prepare, and execute a project that features performance and research. Typically, the performance will be a public, full- length recital, but other options are possible. The research component normally will consist of a paper on a topic related to the public performance and that demonstrates the student’s ability in music history or theory. The project must demonstrate methodological competence. It must draw on and extend knowledge, skills of analysis, and creative achievement developed through previous academic work. It must include a reflection on the social context, the body of literature, or the conceptual framework to which it is a contribution. Prerequisites: MUSC 493 and approval of the proposed project by the music faculty.