Students of particular merit and with an interest in focused, independent work may petition the department for honors status. Honors students, as well as all music majors, are required to complete a capstone project. Examples of recent endeavors include:
"Contemporary Trends in Western Art Music: A Discussion of a Few of the Tools Utilized by Today's Composers, Accompanied by a Series of Original Compositions"
Voice recital of classical composers Handel and Schubert, Peruvian composer Alfonso de Silva, modern composer John Harbison, and jazz composers Thelonious Monk, George and Ira Gershwin, and Antonio Carlos Jobim
"Africanization: Preserving Cultural Musical Traditions in a Modern Ghanaian World through the Process of Transformation and Reorientation," performance on the Atenteben flute, three-flute arrangement, and lecture
"A World of Noise." Lecture and paper on the transition of the styles and techniques of early twentieth-century electronic art music into the mainstream