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Dissertation / Thesis

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Woody Shaw
Woody Shaw
Development of Style in Three Versions of "The Moontrane”

Woody Shaw is one of the most influential jazz trumpet players of the past fifty years. Despite his importance, very few models exist that contextualize Shaw's improvisatory approach inside modern jazz pedagogy. Writers such as Rex Richa…

A Comparison and Contrast of Instrumental and Vocal Approaches to Idiomatic Phrasing, Articulation and Rhythmic Interpretation Within the Jazz Idiom
A Comparison and Contrast of Instrumental and Vocal Approaches to Idiomatic Phrasing, Articulation and Rhythmic Interpretation Within the Jazz Idiom

Successful performance as a vocalist requires much time and dedication, as does becoming a successful instrumentalist. Learning how to effectively Phrase, Articulate, and Rhythmically Interpret melodies authentically as a Jazz Vocalist, …

Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage
Jazz and Radio in the United States: Mediation, Genre, and Patronage

This dissertation is a study of jazz on American radio. The dissertation's meta-subjects are mediation, classification, and patronage in the presentation of music via distribution channels capable of reaching widespread audiences. The di…

Confusion in the Karnatic Capital: Fusion in Chennai, India
Confusion in the Karnatic Capital: Fusion in Chennai, India

This dissertation examines how a contested musical practice makes the problems of modernity in India audible. In particular, I look at the relationship between South Indian "fusion" musicians and India's recent economic and cultural grow…

New Orleans Brass Band Traditions And Popular Music
New Orleans Brass Band Traditions And Popular Music
Elements Of Style In The Music Of Mama Digdowns Brass Band And Youngblood Brass Band

This is research on the New Orleans Brass Band tradition. How popular music has influenced the bands repertoire and the style of music has been transferred to other areas of the country resulting in the formation of hybrid bands. Madison…

An Analysis of the Compositional Practices of Ornette Coleman as Demonstrated in His Small Group Recordings During the 1970s
An Analysis of the Compositional Practices of Ornette Coleman as Demonstrated in His Small Group Recordings During the 1970s

This study is an examination of the musical output of Ornette Coleman’s small ensembles during the 1970s. The primary goal of the paper is to define the specific changes that took place in the early part of the decade that distinguish th…

The American Blues
The American Blues
Men, Myths, and Motifs

Music is a global phenomenon. It exists in every culture on the planet in a myriad of forms. But music is more than just a human hobby. It is a cultural magnifying glass. It is through music that the stories of a people; their history an…

Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
The Analytical Study of Twenty-Two Performance Versions of Now's the Time

This analytical study scrutinizes Parker's improvisation technique by closely examining his twenty-two performance versions of Now's the Time with the aim of instituting a comprehensive analytical model for related studies.A brief…

Alternative Styles in String Music Education
Alternative Styles in String Music Education
Identity Development and Curriculum Design in the Postmodern Era

AbstractIn this study I analyze curriculum design in the postmodern era in relation to alternative styles in string music education. Curriculum design through the work of Doll (1993) and Slattery (2006) is conside…

Miles Davis' So What As Modal Jazz Case Study
Miles Davis' So What As Modal Jazz Case Study

This dissertation provides a detailed look at the composition “So What,” from the 1959 album by Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. This record is often cited as being an exemplar of a type of music that emerged in the late 1950s and 1960s that c…

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