Capstone Project Form - Bloomsburg University Department of Music
Bloomsburg U niversity D epartment o f M usic
Capstone P roject G uidelines
The C apstone P roject i s m eant a s a w ay f or s tudents t o d isplay t he k nowledge, s kills a nd
abilities t hey h ave a cquired t hroughout t heir u ndergraduate m usic d egree p rogram. T he
project w ill b e a mple i n s cope, d epth a nd i ntensity t o a dequately s howcase t he s tudents’
abilities a nd g arnered k nowledge.
This g uide w ill h elp t he s tudent t hrough t he p rocess o f c hoosing a c apstone p roject, f orming
his/her c ommittee, u nderstanding t he r equirements o f t he p roject, a nd h ow t he p roject w ill
be e valuated. ( See t he C apstone A ssessment F orm f or o bjectives a nd r ubric)
Types o f P rojects: T he c apstone m ay t ake m any f orms, b ut w ill f all i nto o ne o f f ive g eneral
2. Lecture R ecital
4. Analysis p aper
5. Research P aper
1. R ecital: T he r ecital c apstone p roject w ill c onsist o f a 4 0-‐minute s enior r ecital, p rogram
notes a nd a p aper o f a t l east s even p ages, w hich w ill p resent d etailed i nformation o n t he
pieces t o b e p erformed. T his w ould i nclude i nformation o n c omposers, p ieces a nd s tyles;
putting t hem i nto t heir h istorical p erspective. T he s tudents c hoosing t his o ption w ill n eed t o
work v ery c losely w ith t heir a pplied i nstructor t o c hoose r ecital l iterature, a nd t o f orm t heir
recital c ommittee. T his i ncludes t he c ompletion o f t he a ttached R ecital C heck S heet.
Evaluation o f t his p roject w ill b e d one u sing t he R ecital R ubric. T he r ecital h earing w ill b e
performed d uring t he j uries h eld t he s emester p rior t o t hat o f t he p erformance.
2. L ecture R ecital: T he l ecture r ecital w ill c onsist o f b oth a p erformance a nd l ecture a bout
the w orks p erformed. T he p erformance p ortion w ill c onsist o f 2 0 m inutes o f m usic, a nd 2 0
minutes o f l ecture f or a t otal o f a 4 0-‐minute p resentation. A c orrelating p aper w ill b e
submitted p rior t o t he p resentation, f or e valuation b y t he c ommittee u sing t he C apstone
Assessment R ubric F orm.
3. C omposition/Arrangement: T he C omposition/Arrangement p roject w ill b e a n o riginal
composition o r a rrangement. T he s ubject/style o f t he w ork w ill b e a rrived a t b y
consultation o f t he s tudent w ith t heir c apstone a dvisor a nd a pproved b y t he c apstone
committee. T he l ength o f t he p iece w ill b e d etermined b y t he s tyle a nd t empo o f t he w ork,
but w ill b e j udged a gainst t he s tandard o f a 1 5 m inutes p iece i n 4 /4 t ime a t
q = 120.
Evaluation o f t his p roject w ill b e d one u sing t he C apstone A ssessment R ubric F orm.
4.Analysis P aper: T he a nalysis p aper w ill b e a t l east a t wenty-‐page p aper ( excluding t he
title p age a nd b ibliography) a nalyzing a w ork o r b ody o f w orks b y a c omposer. T he s ubject
of t he a nalysis w ill b e a ssigned b y t he t heory f aculty a nd a a pproval o f t he c apstone
committee. E valuation o f t his p roject w ill b e d one u sing t he C apstone A ssessment R ubric
5. R esearch P aper: T he r esearch p aper w ill b e a t l east a t wenty-‐page p aper ( excluding t he
title p age a nd b ibliography) o n a s ubject a rrived a t b y c onsultation o f t he s tudent w ith t heir
capstone a dvisor a nd a pproval o f t he c apstone c ommittee. E valuation o f t his p roject w ill b e
done u sing t he C apstone A ssessment R ubric F orm.
Rev: 9 /2015
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