Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

Karen Wicklund

Second Advisor

Nicholas Andreadis

Third Advisor

Alice Pierce


While education today is ever changing in the melting pot of the United States, its approach to the arts has taken a long time to move past traditional perspectives. In music education, I believe this is a result of the narrow field from which music is chosen. In order to relate to students in a world where technology rules and every type of music is available at their fingertips, I must remain relevant and innovative in my educational methods. With this in mind, my Senior Honors Thesis Recital was a reflection of the most influential genres of music in my musical life and how I would relate each of these genres to my future students. Working with my fellow musicians, I presented a Traditional American folk song, a Romantic operatic aria, an early 20th century piece for voice and string quartet, two Jazz standards from the compilation known as the Great American Songbook, and a comedic late 20th century art song. Utilizing this wide variety of styles, I outlined connections to education for each piece that would create personal associations for the students while highlighting the most important aspects culturally, historically, and musically of that particular song. I performed these pieces in a recital event in the Dalton Center Recital Hall along with Maggie Dewar, who also presented her Senior Honors Thesis.

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