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.

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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Matthew Thomas Dehnel
Composing is often studied in a strictly technical sense, focusing much on the music theory behind the work. Inspired by the doctoral thesis of Ralph Hultgren, this paper interrogates the composing process in a more personal sense.
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Lauren Fladland
The intent of this project was to discover information about comprehensive musicianship unit plan formats and goals, as well as the history behind comprehensive musicianship.
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Stacy Halter
The achievement gap appertains to an observed significant and persistent disparity in academic performance or educational attainment between different groups of students, especially groups defined by socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, English proficiency, familial situations, and community wealth.
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Daniel Tewalt
This master’s project looked at considerations for the arranging and design process for drum corps shows.
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Kari M. Liebert
Assessment is a necessary component to gauging what and how a student learned.
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Tony Streng
This study investigates a model that supports the use of informal learning techniques—specifically, the Musical Futures Project—and considers how these ideas can be adapted for use in a traditional choir classroom.
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