Hello! My name is Chase and I am a '25 from South Carolina. I'm currently considering studying more film scoring and video game composition to learn about writing music for movies and games! But when I'm not hanging out with friends or doing classwork, you can find me composing music. I'm involved in the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble (DCWE), Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra (DCO), and the fraternity Zeta Psi.
As someone who did not know the ins and outs of marine policy, I loved learning about aspects of the blue economy. This class encourages us to be aware of the human aspect of marine problems regarding coastal erosion, pollution, and climate change. Professor Webster is the coolest!
I could not recommend this class enough to anyone who goes to this school! Professor Beaudoin has truly influenced me as both a musician and a student. We learn the music from the 1800's to present day including famous composers like Tchaikovsky, but also music by Beyonce and even the music of Dartmouth's professors. This is much more than a music history class. It is a class about music, our lives, and exploring the concept of sonder through musical lens.
If you're scared of coding or have a love for music, this is the class for you. This computer science class is cross-listed with music to teach students how to code using a language called processing to learn the basic principles of design through coding. We created several projects throughout the term, but Professor Casey really taught me that there is more to music than I think. For my final, I created an interactive keyboard which created a visual effect for each key that created music which made it a musical instrument! Genuinely such an amazing and fun class that I think people should consider.
Although this class is only offered during the F.I.R.E. study abroad program, it was such an amazing class. I absolutely adored having Professor Canepa teach us about Italy from its politics, music, food, and much much more. This class taught me hands on what Italian culture is through visits to famous landmarks, food tastings, or tours of Italian regions. If you don't want to study abroad, I suggest taking a class with Professor Canepa because she truly is one of my favorite professors I have had yet.
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I was on an off term, but decided to live on campus to join a fraternity and work in town. I took the time to write music for one of my friend's short films and learned a lot about the film music industry.
Dr. Moseley has been one of my most favorite professors by far. I have loved taking this class to divulge into my musical passion through creating music and learning about ways to create music. If you are interested in taking a music class, I highly recommend Dr. Moseley if you find a class with him that interests you!
I took this class with composer Miguel Kertsman who was incredibly knowledgeable in every type of compositional technique that I wanted. I study electronic music composition with him to understand music digital signal processing better.
For those who work-study, how do you balance it? Is it manageable?
Honestly, the term "work-study" makes having a part-time job seem quite intense on a college campus. However, having an on campus job is definitely a lot easier than you think! I have plenty of friends who all have jobs on campus that range from working for Dartmouth Dining Services at Novack (our library cafe) to doing research with professors. Even if you participate in music ensembles or sports, it is still quite manageable to have a job on campus. There are plenty of ways to balance and make having a part-time job manageable while taking classes.
The first step is finding a job that you are interested in doing, and that also fits how much you are willing to work each week. At Dartmouth, you can find a job where you work anywhere from 4-16 hours a week. Typically, people tend to work around their schedules and work only 4-8 hours a week. I would always suggest working less and then requesting more hours if you feel it is manageable.
Honestly, having a job on campus just means that you need to have a more structured schedule. In general, I would first look at your class schedule and then schedule a rough estimate of when you'll eat meals. Next, I put in all of my extracurriculars into my schedule and then block out time for doing coursework. Now, the next step is when you want to look at when you have free time, or time to potentially have a job! It sounds intimidating, but having a job is not that scary at all!
Linguistics is definitely a bit of a niche field, and most high schools don't offer linguistics classes, so I thought I'd write a post about what the field of linguistics entails and what studying it at Dartmouth is like!