Jeremy Lipsin ’15

Conference papers are great. They gave me the opportunity to incorporate my own passion and interests into something I was learning about for the first time. I also learned about communication, about communicating with my professors, and I learned about organization in writing.

Jeremy's Journey

Conference Work

"Rhythm on a Drum: The Beats and Blows of Music Education in Africa"

“Rhythm on a Drum: The Beats and Blows of Music Education in Africa,” a research paper about primary and secondary music education in parts of the African continent. I focused on known challenges and improvements needed, and educational diversity. I feel that growing up in America, you only see certain perspectives. You are brought up a certain way through limited experiences. So I think looking at something from a global perspective is really important. It’s important to me because it showed me something I’d never been able to explore before. It opened my eyes to different genres, different environments, and different perspectives—on music and life.

I worked with Mary Dillard (history). She’s someone who really pushes her students—in this case, me—but not too much … the exact right amount. She really pushed me to think about this project and in the class overall. Every time I spoke with her, she pushed me to continue with research and to look deeper.

Faculty: Mary Dillard

Discipline: History


Songwriters Collective

Songwriters Collective

One of my favorite experiences at Sarah Lawrence was being a part of the student-run Songwriters Collective. Planning to meet every week, the club shared original songs with each other while offering feedback and ideas to possibly implement in one's work. Every single member had their own distinct style, which made it fascinating to witness their evolution as the year chugged along. The club proved to be a fantastic outlet for performing music and made me feel more confident in my own songwriting.

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