Graduate Thesis

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.

Patrick Bents
This paper examines the differences between formal learning methods used in school instrumental music classroom and informal methods used by popular musicians outside of a school setting, and proposes integrating informal learning of popular music into the classroom.
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Mallory Jayne Kroon Martin
The adolescent changing voice is a topic of great interest and concern among music educators.
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Jennifer Robin Jungwirth
The purpose of this project was to encourage music teachers to utilize technology in the classroom to increase student retention, engagement, and creativity.
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Grace E. Watkins
The purpose of this paper was to explore the challenges and rewards of teaching instrumental music in a boarding school setting.
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Jennifer Dana Krinke
The purpose of this study was to investigate how Robert Shaw and Weston Noble, two renowned American choral conductors, created a sense of community and followership within their choirs and performing groups.
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Tammie L. Junkans
The selection of quality literature is foundational to any choral experience.
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Shoshanah Drake
In today's society, trends in education promote standards and test scores.
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Amanda George
The purpose of this project was to integrate Minnesota Language Arts Standards and Minnesota Music Standards into lesson plans suitable for a second grade general music classroom.
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Rachel Schmeltzer
This paper will seek to define psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's concept of "flow" and apply it to teaching junior high choral music.
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Minghui Phebe Yeo
Integrating games into our music teaching is not an unfamiliar method, but it has been neglected and should be revived in our music teaching experiences.
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Keith J. Koehlmoos
The purpose of this project was to document and examine the organizational details of the eight AA Regions of the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) band contests.
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Heidi Kathryn McIlroy
The selection of quality repertoire is a core principle for teaching in a Kodály-inspired music classroom.
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