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Beyond Modern Jazz: The Evolution of Postmodern Jazz Performance and Composition from 1969 to the Present
In the following paper, I will address what I perceive to be a gap in scholarship regarding the evolution of African-American classical music (popularly referred to as jazz) following the end of its primary phase of ...
Falstaff and Rodion: Programmatic Compositional Study of Two Characters of Fiction
The goal of this thesis is to explore specific aspects of creativity from the point of view of the composer. I have found, in looking back over twenty-plus years of writing music, that I have had a tendency to gravitate ...
The 'Jazz Gene': Examining the Use of Jazz Aesthetics in Hip-Hop Music
This thesis is made up of 7 original compositions that aid in exploring the common cultural traits and practices of African-American music referred to using the metaphor of the Jazz Gene. These conventions are historically ...
Improvisation in the Strings Classroom: Compositions and Arrangements for Teaching Creative Music Making
In a traditional classroom, string instrument education is often taught using written, classical music. Teachers must instruct on how to play violin, viola, cello and bass, as well as how to read music and play as an ...