Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Christopher Biggs

Second Advisor

John Campos

Third Advisor

Matthew Fries

Fourth Advisor

Carter Rice


Music, theory, composition, rhythm, analysis

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


For my Masters of Arts thesis, I recorded a number of songs that I had written between 2015 and 2020 for an album titled “The Best is Yet to Come.” In this adjunct essay, I will analyze four of those pieces to demonstrate my use of rhythmic development; I use rhythmic development extensively in my work in order to generate cohesion between songs. The opening song, “Fresh Vegetables,” demonstrates the rhythmic motive that all other songs develop from. If anyone chooses to learn or analyze my music in the future, this document can be a reference.

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