Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2016

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. McLemore

Second Committee Member

Dr. Samples

Abstract

In this creative thesis, I compose and perform a six movement art composition for tuba and piano. The reason for this performance and composition is two-fold. First, I am able to express myself in a way that other methods do not allow. Second, I reinforce important skills that will be vital in my future teaching career. To create the composition, I use various compositional methods, but I mainly adjust the composition by listening to it using piano and online compositional software. Preparing the composition for performance requires that I practice for multiple hours and find an accompanist who will perform with me. In the following thesis, I will also include an analysis of pedagogical techniques in the realm of music education. This analysis includes validation of music composition as an effective teaching technique as well as a higher form of self-expression in the field of music education.

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