This page is intended to provide a general timeline for undergraduate students interested in participating in service learning or a summer research program.

Within the University of Delaware

Students have the opportunity to receive university funding and faculty support for research in any area of study. Individual research projects within the music discipline can range broadly, as long as a faculty advisor approves the specific project. There are also established department programs that students may take part in, such as ProjectMusic and “The Beat Goes On” project (see below for descriptions).

On this site you can find information for any type of research you may want to pursue through the university, including:

If you are interested in pursuing research in the field of music, either through Summer Scholars or Service Learning Scholars, please contact Dr. Suzanne Burton and Dr. Maria Purciello about opportunities.

Summer Research

  1. If you are interested in summer research, begin thinking about your project possibilities during the fall semester so that you may seek out faculty specific to your area of interest.
  2. As all individual research projects need a faculty advisor, it is essential that you talk to a faculty member about sponsoring your research project so that they may write your a letter of recommendation for your application.
  3. Once you have secured faculty support for your project, students must apply for summer research through Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning. Applications are open from January to March, and the deadline is typically March 1. After a faculty member agrees to advise your specific project, you must apply as a summer scholar or a summer fellow.

Projects within the Music Department

The Music Department has ongoing projects for both the summer and the academic semesters.

The Beat Goes On is a summer service learning project advised by the Music Education professor, Dr. Suzanne Burton. The Beat Goes On is a project designed to be implemented in Wilmington, Delaware with middle to high school students at community centers. Undergraduate students involved in this project aim to give these students a means of musical engagement, empowerment, and transformation: to have voice through musical creativity by composing with iPads during the summer months.

If you have interest in this summer scholar program, please contact Dr. Burton.

During the semester, ProjectMusic and ProjectMusic Opera are also service learning opportunities. ProjectMusic Opera is open to all music students who wish to gain teaching experience, uniting college students and elementary students in the production of a children’s opera. This program takes place during the spring semester.

Please talk to Dr. Burton for more information on these programs.