Jemeyah Bagby ’20 explores her love of music and philosophy with a double major.
Towson University allowed her to do both.
For Bagby, the two disciplines make a harmonious duet.
“Philosophy is thinking critically,” says the Baltimore County native. “I’m always thinking intellectually about music.”
Two majors can be a lot to balance, admits Bagby, who often carries an 18- or 19-credit load per term, but, she says, it’s possible because “my professors are very understanding. Both of my departments feel like family.”
With a series of TU mentors too long to list, Bagby feels supported enough to find time for campus engagement too. She is co-president of the TU Philosophy Forum, in which students meet weekly to share critical thinking on various topics in a discussion format. She also is a founding member of the TU chapter (Nu Delta) of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity. Plus, Bagby has been a tutor in musicianship and music theory since sophomore year.
In a fitting capstone for her joint studies, Bagby hopes to do a cross-disciplinary senior thesis-recital or “lecture-recital,” combining her philosophy thesis and senior vocal recital. Last summer she attended the Feminist Summer Reading Program at Cornell. The program was an ideal environment to get a jump-start on this work because its theme was “Philosophy and Bodies,” which relates to her research interests.
After graduation, Bagby looks to become a master’s candidate in vocal performance and music studies with an eye toward a career in music performance and composition. But she’ll never stop being a critical thinker and is exploring ways to continue independent scholarship in philosophy too.
This story is one of several related to President Kim Schatzel’s priorities for Towson University: TU Matters to Maryland and Diverse and Inclusive Campus.