Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 19:57:59



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


This project will analyze the new trend in musicology of understanding music as cultural metaphor in terms of cognitive theories on how musical meaning is created, specifically through the work of Candace Brower. Brower's theory states that meaning in music is created through bodily metaphor; "image schemas" of basic human experiences like walking and perceiving space are mapped onto music, which allows meaning to develop. This theory will be applied to the larger-scale cultural metaphors of "New Musicology," which approaches music through the lens of how it interacts with and reflects different cultural ideas and values. The project will attempt to discover how bodily metaphor as a basis for meaning reflects on music's function as a cultural metaphor.

Research Sponsor

Brooks Toliver

First Reader

Philip Thomson

Second Reader

John Huss

Honors Faculty Advisor

Kevin Lewis

Honors Project Signature Sheet.pdf (316 kB)
Signature Sheet

Included in

Musicology Commons



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