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.

Mary A. Ebanks
The purpose of this project is to support the importance of building community within the secondary choral classroom.
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Casey Barker
As standards-based instruction has been integrated into elementary schools, student-centered learning has become a growing trend in elementary education.
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Matthew Pedregon
Caused by adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence, trauma has a profound effect on the growth and development of children.
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Meaghan E. Curry
Twenty-first century education encompasses many approaches based in constructivist learning theory, including project-based learning (PBL); science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) instruction; and arts integration.
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Alyssa Ellson
High school music programs in the United States do not represent the full diversity of the school population.
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Brandon Nordhues
The purpose of this project is to arrange standard SATB world music for limited range tenor-bass high school choirs.
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Katelyn A. Larson
Research shows that contemplative practices can have a positive impact on teacher pedagogy and student learning at every academic level (Repetti, 2010; Sherretz, 2011; Langer, Cohen, & Djikic, 2012; Diaz, 2013; Motha, 2015; Hilton, 2016; Brendel & Cornett-Murtada, 2018).
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Ryan M. Evans
The purpose of this literature review was to ascertain factors that influence student enrollment in secondary choirs.
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Jessica Morosky
Age does not reflect psychomotor development. Movement education materials written for upper elementary grade levels (3-5) are not necessarily developmentally appropriate for students who are newly approaching creative and structured dance in the music classroom.
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Katherine Marie Jubert
The purpose of this paper was to examine research and personal experiences of some successful music educators around the topics of building and recruiting band programs, retaining band students, and motivating instrumentalists.
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Marin E. Werdahl
Elementary music teachers often design performances that require substantial amounts of preparation, resulting in less instructional time for a music curriculum.
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Samuel J. Eckberg
The purpose of this study was to provide a high school choral director with a knowledge base in the basics of vocal pedagogy and compile a collection of vocalizes/exercises to teach these concepts.
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Rachael L. Doudrick
Parents of young children who want to support their early music learning may often feel ill-equipped to be musical teachers for their children.
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Kellen D. McMillen
This paper examines Scotland’s choral music traditions, with a specific focus on highlighting choral works by native Scottish composers that are accessible for high school singers.
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Rachel Lofald
The intent of this research paper was to explore the issue of low enrollment in secondary music classes and discuss possible solutions.
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Rebecca L. Buck
The intent of this project was to analyze the teachings of Zoltán Kodály’s emphasis on the use of the mother tongue in music education with practical implications in a 21st century public school setting in the United States.
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Jon Dostal
This curriculum project centers around collecting recordings of selected etudes from book 1 of the instrumental band lesson method book series Musical Magic, written by Rita Grethen Jarrard.
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Amy L. Olson
The purpose of this paper is to explore how the Kodály philosophy of music education intersects with the increasing diversity in the United States and the multicultural music education movement.
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Sarah E. Anderson
The purpose of the project was to design lesson plans for an Orff-Schulwerk classroom that allow for standards-based assessment and grading.
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