Name: Parker Gordon
Major: Music and Political Science
Hometown: Stephenville, TX
Mentor: Dr. Mikee Delony, English
What I Study: My research so far has dealt with the composition and use of music in films. I have found that the more you know about music, the more you get out of watching a film. Composers and directors often collaborate in a way that gives clues to what’s going on in a film or even tell a little inside joke to those who might be watching/listening for it. Most recently, I have been researching the prolific use of classical music in films and comparing the original backstory of the piece’s composition to the story it is now being paired with.
Why I do research: I’m very new to research, but I love it. I became interested in doing additional research in music through one of my English classes with Dr. Delony. She pushed me to try new ideas and apply what I already know to different areas of study. My favorite part of research is just being knowledgeable about different topics and fields and creating connections between them.
Conferences: Parker presented his research at the 2013 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival.