Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Embargo Period

8-25-2014

Degree Program

Music

Degree Type

Master of Music (M.M.)

Year Degree Awarded

2014

Month Degree Awarded

September

Advisor Name

Gary

Advisor Last Name

Karpinski

Co-advisor Name

Brent

Co-advisor Last Name

Auerbach

Abstract

The goal of this thesis is to provide the ideological and practical foundation for an improved approach to undergraduate theory and musicianship pedagogy. I will discuss the structure of conventional theory programs and explore problems inherent to traditional curriculum design. Problem-solving pedagogy, an approach rooted in creative composition and improvisation, will be presented as a complement to traditional theory pedagogy. Balancing problem-solving pedagogy with a more traditional pedagogical approach will provide a practical foundation for improving undergraduate theory and musicianship curricula.

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