SASAH 4th Year Capstone and Other Projects: Publications

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Spring 4-30-2018


Cassandra's Community Engaged learning course took her outside of her home faculties of Science and Arts & Humanities to study with Professor S. Wei in the Faculty of Music. For her course, Cassandra became a member of the Viola Studio, and conducted extensive research on music history, aesthetics of music, and human evolution of music to combine her studies in music, SASAH, and genetics.

In her capstone research, Cassandra explored how music has shaped narratives and likewise been controlled by political narratives, how it is different from other forms of communication, and if it is possible to express emotions musically. Through several case studies comparing a significant piece from each Musical History Era with a corresponding piece of literature or art, she also examined the legacy and relevance of each work to a present-day audience.