PLN Recap

When I first started my journey as an interdisciplinary studies major, I never expected that I would be using twitter for class just so that I could learn. It seemed like an absurd concept that was very new . . . but I was very wrong. As you may already know, there are tons of …

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Mongolian Throat Singing

A Lesson in Ethnomusicology When most think of throat singing, they often insert the word Mongolian in there as well. That’s because they are inseparable, that there is only Mongolian throat singing–no other types. However, that is false. In fact, many continents have some form of throat singing (also more generally called overtone singing). Asia …

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Summary Synthesis

My interdisciplinary studies program is called Musical Aesthetics (some courses have changed since I wrote that article, but the spirit of my program has not changed). I combined the fields of Musicology (the academic study of music) and Philosophy in order to create a learning experience that would allow me analyse and interpret works of …

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Applied Project Report

The applied portion of my capstone class will consist of a project that does something previously not possible without my interdisciplinary studies education. In the past I chose to do a printed book of my research article, with better formatting and simpler language. This would allow my research to be more easily accessible to a …

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Horseshoe Crabs, Blue Blood, and Anti High Blood Pressure Medicine

This week I would like to briefly take some time to discuss some of the behavioral neuroscience research I do, which is with horseshoe crabs! Most of you may already know that they are considered living fossils, and even many more of you may already know that they possess blue blood. I mention their blood, …

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The Précis (and a working Bibliography!)

I’ve been ill in some manner for the majority of March, which has largely hindered my work. However, there is great news amidst my apparent chronic sickness: the sources I found have been beyond amazing, that I can start writing immediately. I usually find myself still wrestling for more information after doing preliminary reading, but …

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Prospectus, Timelines, and Music

In the capstone project to culminate the past years of learning I have spent as an interdisciplinary student at Plymouth State University, I want to create a short book that overviews some of Christianity’s most popular contemporary worship songs and see how the musical structures are presented to augment their theological message. With this project …

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