Skip Navigation

Text Only/ Printer-Friendly


Geon-Ah Shin


Shanghai, China
Music and Psychology
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Who doesn’t love music?

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was initially drawn to the Music Department out of habit since I was involved with music since I was young, but meeting the department’s wonderful faculty and staff members kept me coming back.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t be afraid of picking up a new instrument or learning new things about music! And don’t be scared of the faculty and staff members if you have any questions—I promise they are all nice people.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’m interested in pursuing Music Therapy in graduate school, which requires students to be knowledgeable in music theory, history, and various musical styles. Taking Psychology of Music with Dr. Tan was also interesting, because it was directly related to my double major.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I have learned at K is how to express myself. Whether it is verbally or musically, you need to commit yourself to your opinion in order to effectively deliver your message to the listener. But you also have to make sure to have an open mind and not shut out other people’s expressions and interpretations, because those will add more color to your own.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Psychology of Music, because it was so applicable but also a very curiosity-provoking class. I had no idea how closely music was related scientifically to the human mind until I took this class.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is a research-based SIP in the Music Department. I will be investigating the shifts in musical styles before, during, and after the Cultural Revolution in China by analyzing different musical compositions within the sociohistorical context of the time period.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I’m planning to go to graduate school for Music Therapy, but would like to travel for a year before starting the Masters program.

DSA Spotlights