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.

Integrating Popular Music and Informal Learning in the Instrumental Music Classroom

December 2, 2013 / By: 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.

Lesson Plans for Teaching About the Voice Change

November 26, 2013 / By: Mallory Jayne Kroon Martin

The adolescent changing voice is a topic of great interest and concern among music educators.

Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom

November 5, 2013 / By: 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.

Teaching Instrumental Music in a Residential School Setting

August 15, 2013 / By: Grace E. Watkins

The purpose of this paper was to explore the challenges and rewards of teaching instrumental music in a boarding school setting.

Robert Shaw and Weston Noble, and How Community and Followership Was Created Within Their Choirs

August 12, 2013 / By: 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.

Song Analysis and Presentation Plans for Selected Church Choral Compositions

August 12, 2013 / By: Tammie L. Junkans

The selection of quality literature is foundational to any choral experience.

Using Musicals as a Medium to Integrate Reading, Writing & Character in the 2nd-Grade Music Classroo

August 7, 2013 / By: Shoshanah Drake

In today's society, trends in education promote standards and test scores.

The Integration of Music & Language Arts in 2nd Grade: Lesson Plans Addressing Music & Language Arts

June 1, 2013 / By: 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.

Creating Flow in the Junior High Choral Classroom

June 1, 2013 / By: Rachel Schmeltzer

This paper will seek to define psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's concept of "flow" and apply it to teaching junior high choral music.

An Explorative Study of Games in Private and Group Piano Lessons

May 9, 2013 / By: 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.

The Nature of Contest Organization Procedures for Minnesota Class AA Band Contests

April 22, 2013 / By: 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.

The Creation of a Kodály-Inspired Choral Collection for Treble Voices

March 20, 2013 / By: Heidi Kathryn McIlroy

The selection of quality repertoire is a core principle for teaching in a Kodály-inspired music classroom.