Musically speaking, Paul Royse, a senior in music theory and piano performance, is going where no one has gone before.
Royse, of Knoxville, got interested in research during a music theory class analyzing rock music. His focus: grindcore, a genre of music fusing aspects of heavy metal and hardcore punk that originated in the mid-1980s but has been virtually absent in music research literature.
Royse is among more than 1,400 UT undergraduates participating in research or creative activities that help them apply what they’re learning in the classroom and prepare them for graduate school or launching a career. Between 2015 and 2016 UT more than doubled the number of undergraduates involved in research or creative achievement and saw an 87 percent increase in the number of faculty serving as mentors.
Royse, who is also an accomplished composer, learned about grindcore two years ago from a friend who is a singer in a local Knoxville grindcore band, Rat Punch.
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