That’s a RAAP

Applied Project

    I plan on composing a fight song for PSU. It will create the product of a musical embodiment of school competitiveness, directly resulting in school pride and university unity. When driving this project, I keep in mind the question of “How can I motivate school spirit with music?” I want to do this by composing a song that represents the athletics here at PSU. There is no current fight song here, while many other universities have them. It’s purpose is to rally student support and togetherness, and I believe a fight song will achieve just that. My project will represent my interdisciplinary learning by it utilizing both composition and marketing. Obviously, I’d be composing a song, but it also represents the school– it will be used at events and represent the business I am making it for (PSU). I will manage my time by hitting deadlines. These deadlines will consist of things like having a number of proposed demos, checking in with people by certain times, as well as getting feedback from my professors. These types of checkpoints will make sure I get it done by the end of the semester, as well as keep in communication so it doesn’t sway off track.

    On my eport I will post the finished song itself, along with what the song will be used for in the future. I will know if the project is successful if it used in any way by PSU. If they accept any version of a song I compose for this project, than it would be a success. A song that represents Plymouth. To bring together the young adults who go here. It can be assessed by peer review, as well as its rate of use. Approval from all parties it affects, such as current students, conservative alumni, professors, anyone with an opinion.

I believe all of my music classes have prepared me for this project. Music theory, learning about instruments, as well as exposure to any genres. My marketing classes have also prepared me, as they’ve shown me how to represent whatever business. I have books regarding orchestral arrangements, music softwares, as well as the internet to guide my creativeness into this genre. I will need resources from some administrators, like if there were any fight songs from the past, as well as what type of song that they want. I will get them via email, as well as meetings and check ins. I will need to contact my professors for review/comments, and administrative staff for approval/guidance. If I don’t succeed, as in have it officially recognized or played during PSU events, I would still find it a success. This would be because I channeled my creativity and experience into a project that models what I’ll be doing in the real world.     

Research Article

    I am working on the topic of music in advertisements because I want to find out what music works most effectively and how, in order to help my reader understand better ways of producing/analyzing audio advertisements. I am interested about this for multiple reasons. Every musician that wants to market their music would love to know the reasons of what makes music sound good. What makes music sound good? Audio is a factor in a majority of advertisements, and understanding the nature of the beast is an important step in taming it. I want to write for music people and business people that deal with sounds. I am basically analyzing music theory in the realm of business. In an advertisement, what tones and strategies of implementing certain tones makes it appealing? Music people are artists, and most appreciate another take on what they do. Business people like to be the best, and my findings may help them develop mindsets to guide any future production with sounds. Some main points that I need to find out are basic principles of music theory, and techniques used in advertisement. What progressions and frequency ranges do people find most appealing? How is music utilized in ads, and which ways does it work most effectively? Some key terms I may use for searching are: music theory, successful ads, marketing strategies, audio, hearing, music explanation, and sound theory. Two library databases that I may use are Project MUSE, and JSTOR.

And here is a preview into what I’ll be synthesizing into my research:

       Harley, James. “Generative Processes in Algorithmic Composition: Chaos and Music.” Leonardo, vol. 28 no. 3, 1995, pp. 221-224. Project MUSE,

       Rondeleux, Luc. “The Digital Computer as an Instrument of Musical Creation: 1957–1997.” Leonardo, vol. 32 no. 4, 1999, pp. 305-305. Project MUSE,

       Tolbert, Elizabeth. “The Enigma of Music, the Voice of Reason: “Music,” “Language,” and Becoming Human.” New Literary History, vol. 32 no. 3, 2001, pp. 451-465. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/nlh.2001.0049


Feb 24

AP-Know what they want, precisely

RA-Find resources and potential sources

Mar 3

AP-Work on music

RA- Finish Precis

Mar 17

AP-Submit a few samples, see what direction is more appealing

RA-Finish Outline

Mar 24

AP-Work on Music, and get feedback from professors

RA-Write? Write, write! Make sure there are enough sources

Mar 31

AP-Submit copy, see feedback

RA-Get some progress on writing, final draft due soon

April 7

AP-Work on music/Start writing

RA-Finish Draft

April 14

AP-Keep writing/Submit music (if done)

RA-Writing center touch up, need another set of eyes and expertise

April 21

AP-Complete draft of AP documentation/reflection, submit music if not already

RA-Perfect, and Complete Final Draft

April 28

AP-Perfect and Complete Final Draft

RA and AP

Create a Topic/Question/Significance sentence for 5 possible topics for your article. (The template for that sentence is: “I am working on the topic of _______ because I want to find out _______ in order to help my reader understand better _______.”)

Then explain why each one is interesting to you and worthwhile for your field or your community.

Explore what you think would be the major challenges of each idea.

List the key disciplines that contribute research to each idea (make sure each idea has at LEAST two distinct disciplines).  Make sure your five ideas are all at least loosely related to your major.

I am working on the topic of composers because I want to find out the best way to market self composed work in order to help my reader understand better ways they could market themselves.

This one interests me as I am a composer asking the very same question… What is the best way that I can market my work? This one is worthwhile, as marketing your work, in an online sea of professional and “professional” composers makes it hard for you to stand out. A major challenge for this idea may be evaluating the effectiveness of each attempt, while also keeping the factors of time spent and emails sent out in check. This idea would utilize the disciplines of marketing, entrepreneurship, and musical composition.

I am working on the topic of college campuses because I want to find out the most popular music in order to help my reader understand better ways they can appeal to college students through music.

I would be fascinated by the result of this for two reasons: I love statistics, and I once tried to market to college students when I was a CA. Music is a tool that is sometimes a hit or miss. What makes music good? What qualities of music make it appeal to certain people? This would be worthwhile as anybody involved with campus activities could use this data to channel their efforts or ideas more optimally. The major challenges would be making sure that the samples and resources I use are completely random, and that I don’t forget any group of the student body. Another challenge may be making sure any new music gets analyzed differently than older songs, and establishing the difference– categorizing certain types. This project would exhibit Music, Marketing, and Communications.

I am working on the topic of music majors because I want to find out the best tools for them to learn in college in order to help my reader understand better ways to be prepared for the real world.

The cool part about this idea is that I am one of those music majors. Music is an art, which is subject to a harder job field after college (for the most part). Knowing this, music majors could find the findings of this very useful. Knowing the trends and concepts that are working the best. Major challenges of this may be considering all variations of music majors. Along with considering the various jobs you could get, and how different tools may be better for some and not so useful for others. This subject may bee too broad at the moment. This would include the disciplines of Music and Education primarily.

I am working on the topic of the music industry because I want to find out different marketing strategies in order to help my reader understand better ways to market their music.

This one tickles my fancy, as my major is all about marketing my music. It is parallel to what I want to do. This would help the music community by giving new marketing tactics for composers. It is worthwhile by showing what is working and what isn’t working. The major challenges I may face are rating the effectiveness of certain strategy by assessing if it was successful or not based on marketing or brand label (or whatnot). There are multiple factors to selling a product, not to say that all of the data I’d want might not be easily available. This would encumber the fields of music and marketing.

I am working on the topic of advertisments because I want to find out the most effective music in order to help my reader understand better ways to advertise via music, and compose for advertisements.

Composing for advertisements s something I want to do. Whether it is a tone setting background track, or scoring a short film. The trends in what music works best is knowledge any composer could apply to their own marketing, or ads they are working on themselves. The major challenges might be directing the popularity of an advertisement, and saying whether it was the music, video content, or even brand that is reeling in so much attention. I need to find ways of singling out the engagement of just the music in an ad, apart from the other parts. This would include the topics of Music, Marketing, and a little bit of Psychology.

In the same post, brainstorm five ideas for your applied project, and explain why each one is interesting to you and worthwhile for your field or your community. Explore what you think would be the major challenges of each idea. Make sure your five ideas are all at least loosely related to your major.

My first idea for my applied project is creating a website that PSU students can share their music and bands on. This would interest me to see how many people are willing to share their own music and info. It would be worthwhile, as this would open up new networking and sharing of people’s musical abilities. A major challenge would be making the website, especially making it so others an make profiles and share content.

My second idea is to start a new club on campus. I’m not too sure what the club would be called, but it would encompass the idea of making music. Across the semester there would be meetings, and in the meetings everyone will show off any songs they are working on, and give feedback to others. There will also be weekly topics that other should research and share, with topics such as how to upload to iTunes, and how to submit to a song library. By the end of the semester (or maybe it is a yearly thing, so one would come out in Spring) an album would come out with the songs the people created. Challenges may be gaining followers and getting it recognized.

A third proposal for the applied project is to enhance the Plymouth State University anthem. Not many people know it, and it would be cool to see how I can add more parts to it and make it a more played thing on campus. Currently it is a basic four part (probably) choral piece. I want to extend it and make it an orchestral piece that expresses Plymouth State’s ways. I would need to do more research on this, and a big challenge I may face is public acceptance of a new and edited version.

A fourth idea is to write an album. The album would describe my experience here at PSU, and feature multiple people in the music realm that have never played for their own song before. I would use multiple genres, and this would be great for the community by helping other music students market themselves, and spread the good word of music at PSU. A major challenge would be having enough time to complete this album, but besides that I should be all set.

New Semester New Me, But Reflectin… Who Dis?

  • I’ll tell you exactly who I am…

Or will I? Because that all depends on how much you read. I am but one person out of the about thirty in my class. One of the thousands that attend this college. What makes me so special? Hhhhmmmmmm. Well I will tell you.

This assignment is making me reflect on my journey. My intellectual growth along the way. Getting an education is the reason I went to college, but what are other things that have stuck to my reputation, that I have gathered along the way?

I’ll tell you who dis is.

Some people may be asking: Where are you from? How do the places where you have lived, worked, learned affected your intellectual life?

I am from Cape Cod Massachusetts; Barnstable to be more exact. I’ve moved once three miles down the road. Cape Cod is an island, so the environment I grew up in only gets diverse in the summertime when all of the tourists come. Because the Cape is “Wealthy”, I guess I had the privilege to go to a very nice public school. The area around where I lived is a great medium between urban and rural, giving me influence from both extremes. Basically, because of where I was from, I had various opportunities to do and engage in what I liked to do.

  • What events in your life have led you to become the scholar you are?

Why thank you whoever made this assignment, I am a scholar aren’t I? The events that led up to this was high school and college. My interests in the arts and persistence throughout school to engage with course material has taken me to where I am today.

  • Have people you’ve known or encountered affected your intellectual journey? How? Why?

Everyone I have met across the way has affected me in one way or another, whether it be personal and influential or miniscule. There are those who swayed my decisions and led me across state boarders to be educated, and there are those who engaged in activities with me– unknowingly helping me stick with it enough to truly succeed. My parents allowing me to go to college for anything I want was one big example. As a major that is labeled with “Art”, I feel like my parents actions highly affected my journey.

  • Have you read essays, stories, or books that have influenced your approach to scholarship? Have certain classes shaped you as a scholar?

Out of all of the things that I have read, I don’t think I could single out anything really. But, as a collective, all of the facts and stories that I have absorbed along the way makes me even hungrier to learn. Classes on the other hand, there are a few that I could point out. My freshman seminar taught me how to look at things a different way. I wasn’t just doing an assignment and bringing answers from the page of the text to the workbook page. No, I was told to think of something controversial and support it. Something abstract with, in theory, limitless different opinions or takes, and say why yours is plausible from supporting research. A statement is credible, not from the one who said it, but rather from the reasons why it is. In that class I learned how to state and support it.

  • How do your feelings about politics, religion, society, etc. affect what you study and how you study it?

Quite frankly, I hate to say my feelings for anything in regards to politics, religion, and society in a public setting. But, my feelings for expressing my feelings is a feeling- and that feeling is hesitant, due to how my opinion is neither right or wrong. This affects how I study it by having an open mind. More of a philosophical approach of utilitarianism and my own logic. I could tell you how I feel about politics, religion, and society, and how I approach each, but it is more about the approach to that approach. Of how I am open minded. And how any strong opinion may contradict another. But you gotta keep in mind that an opinion is an opinion. And a qualitative expression of your judgment is both valuable and invaluable. I try not to be biased.

  • What was your intellectual journey before discovering interdisciplinary studies (whether that be interdisciplinary studies generally or the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at PSU).

Before interdisciplinary studies I was but a simple college boy, tending to his electives and gen-eds. I felt fortunate, as the harvest knowledge treated me nice. It ain’t much, but it’s honest work. The seasons passed without any droughts of knowledge, and I gathered plenty to get through the winters. I planned on studying until the cows came home, but I be damned. As it all changed when I learned of a new trade. Or rather, the combination of trades.

  • Why did you choose to become an interdisciplinarian?

I wanted to do two things. But I wanted to only accomplish one major. The math doesn’t add up. Being a music major is hard enough, I thought that studying business in depth would help me out. Also, what I wanted to do would reflect both business and music, so the combination made perfect sense.

  • What does your IDS Application Essay not show about your intellectual journey?

My essay doesn’t show the thousands of dollars I have spent on this degree. It reflects the hours dedicated to knowledge and research, but sheaths the contents spent too achieve it. Blood sweat and tears. Along with a lot of water and energy drinks. It’s easy to document what you need to do, and even easier to say what you’ve done. But in the present. Assessing how the enacting stressed your mind and resources. Something along those lines.

I’m Kyle.