Final Projects

The Master of Arts final project and the research leading up to it are the logical outcomes of a student’s graduate study and professional experience. Because of the diverse background and experience of the University of St. Thomas Graduate Programs in Music Education (GPME) faculty, students are able to undertake research using qualitative, quantitative, descriptive, historical, philosophical, or theoretical methodologies. Consequently, whereas all students demonstrate the ability to integrate ideas and communicate their findings, some will develop, test, and evaluate a music education problem, while others will gather and interpret historical, descriptive, or philosophical data. Completing the final project is an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the field of music education, with additional goals of providing information that will be a meaningful and relevant resource to colleagues in the program and to the author.

Kristin Johnson
The problem of this paper is to analyze how and to what extent certain learning modalities are employed with musical concepts and elements during the practice phase of a Kodály-inspired instructional sequence.
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Jenny L. Partin-Olson
The purpose of this study is to examine the need for the inclusion of authentic representations of world musics in the instrumental music curriculum.
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Benjamin J. Henschel
The purpose of this project is to identify partsongs written by Charles Villiers Stanford and Edward Elgar that are appropriate for study and performance by high school singers of varying ability levels.
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Sarah Valle
The purpose of this analysis is to identify arrangements of historic choral masterworks from the Western choral tradition that are appropriate for middle school singers.
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Krista M. Reeder
The music classroom is a natural place to explore creativity, construct new meaning, collaborate with varied levels of expertise, and transfer skills to other avenues of life.
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Rachel E. Skunes
Music educators look to the National Core Arts Standards as a guide to creating meaningful experiences for their students centered on the knowledge, skills, and reasoning required to succeed in music.
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Reid Larsen
The purpose of this study is to arrange 16th-century madrigals and chansons for adolescent changing voice choirs.
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Ann Marie Lubovich
The purpose of this paper was to support the instruction of teaching kindergarten students to sing in tune.
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Natalie Ann Kruger
The purpose of this project was to develop guidelines and a checklist to select repertoire for beginning orchestra ensembles.
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