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 Department: School of Music
 Decade: 1940-1949
 Collection: UNT Theses and Dissertations
An Analysis and Comparison of the Critical Works of Virgil Thomson and Olin Downes

An Analysis and Comparison of the Critical Works of Virgil Thomson and Olin Downes

Date: 1947
Creator: Teasley, Elizabeth Kincaid
Description: A study of the critical work of Virgil Thomson, critic for the New York Herald Tribune and of Olin Downes, music critic for the New York Times, will perhaps give a better understanding of how different emphasis on purposes may influence critical work. Each man wrote brief, journalistic reviews. They attended many of the same concerts; yet, their critical judgments differed in many respects.
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An Analysis of American Choral Folk Music Currently Available in Domestic Publication

An Analysis of American Choral Folk Music Currently Available in Domestic Publication

Date: August 1949
Creator: Hardie, Thomas Chalmers
Description: The traditional music of America in collection is musically representative of pioneer settlements of the country from Mexico to Canada and from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. To insure that each section of this vast country was musically represented naturally would require a systematic and thorough coverage by those persons who have made this work their primary concern for a good many years. A look at the map of these United States gives the observer an acute awareness of the stupendous undertaking for those who were first to begin their trek into the regions of the land where folk song abounds, into communities into which fast-moving civilization has been slow to penetrate. Early in their history these communities were isolated because of the hardships and dangers of travel. With the spread of civilization, however, the country was tamed and became more densely populated so that the growth of folk song and traditions within the social life of these isolated communities was a natural sequence.
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An Analysis of Twenty-Five Vocal Methods of the Twentieth Century

An Analysis of Twenty-Five Vocal Methods of the Twentieth Century

Date: January 1949
Creator: Gardner, William H., 1918-
Description: The following study is designed to define the existing differences of opinion regarding the solution of vocal problems. Some twenty-five vocal methods have been examined with reference to the principles set forth on what are generally considered the most important vocal problems, viz., Breathing, Registers, Resonance, Tone and Interpretation.
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Articulation of the Primary with the Secondary Instrumental Band Program in the Public Schools

Articulation of the Primary with the Secondary Instrumental Band Program in the Public Schools

Date: August 1949
Creator: Olivadoti, Joseph, 1893-1977
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to acquaint future band and orchestra directors with a successful, thoroughly "tried and tested" plan of building an instrumental program within the music department. This thesis presents the technique of instrumentating the senior high school band by planning an instrumental program from the first grade to the time the band student reaches the senior high school level.
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A Classification and Evaluation of Concert and Occasional Music for Junior High School Band

A Classification and Evaluation of Concert and Occasional Music for Junior High School Band

Date: June 1947
Creator: Graham, John Patrick, 1917-
Description: It is the purpose of this thesis to list and evaluate the published materials for junior high school band that the director may have a comprehensive knowledge of materials adapted to that level.
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A Comparison of Early and Modern Musical Settings of Eleven Shakespearian Lyrics

A Comparison of Early and Modern Musical Settings of Eleven Shakespearian Lyrics

Date: August 1948
Creator: Highsmith, Gwendolyn Conover
Description: The object of this paper is to effect a comparison between the early Shakespearean songs and their more recent settings and to discuss in detail differences in style and technique, with emphasis upon textual and melodic characteristics.
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A Composite Analytical Index of Articles Appearing in Selected Periodicals, Issued Between July 1937 and June 1947: Concerning Playing Problems of Wind and String Instruments

A Composite Analytical Index of Articles Appearing in Selected Periodicals, Issued Between July 1937 and June 1947: Concerning Playing Problems of Wind and String Instruments

Date: August 1947
Creator: Gray, Byron E. (Byron Earl)
Description: For several decades since the rise of extensive instrumental music instruction, various music periodicals have devoted a certain amount of space to printing comments, suggestions, and other pedagogical material to aid the student in playing a particular instrument. The writer, in his belief in the value of this material, has chosen to make a survey of various periodicals and to catalog certain items as a reference guide to the location of significant articles.
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A Course in Keyboard Harmony Based on the Recitative Style and the Figured Bass

A Course in Keyboard Harmony Based on the Recitative Style and the Figured Bass

Date: August 1948
Creator: Thompson, George S. (George Sidney)
Description: The problem of this study is to present a course in keyboard harmony based on the recitative style and figured bass of great works of music which can be used in the teaching of beginning and advanced college music theory.
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A Course in Public School Music to be Taught at the College Level

A Course in Public School Music to be Taught at the College Level

Date: August 1949
Creator: Roberts, Charles Monroe
Description: Many persons who major in music with the intention of teaching, either at the public school or college level, are poorly equipped to cope with every problem confronting them. With this in mind, the author has attempted to assemble as much valuable and helpful material as possible into a course of study.
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A Course of Study in Music Education for the Elementary Education Major

A Course of Study in Music Education for the Elementary Education Major

Date: August 1948
Creator: Mewborn, Mary Beth
Description: Since the music requirement does rest with the teacher training institutions, the elementary education major is required, in most colleges and universities, to take six hours of music education. My problem is to develop an adequate course of study in music education to fit the musical needs of the elementary education major which will prepare her as well as possible in the allotted six hours to teach music in a classroom aided or unaided by supervision
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A Critical Compilation of Graded Band Material at High School Level

A Critical Compilation of Graded Band Material at High School Level

Date: August 1947
Creator: Sonnenburg, Eldon M. (Eldon Malcome)
Description: The instrumental composition of the band is an outgrowth of utilitarian improvisation. The well-developed percussion section, and the voluminous reed and brass sections are a carry-over from the Military, where the emphasis was on functional beating of time for marching. Mobility and volume sufficient for the accompaniment of troop movements were also necessary. Until recent times, the band existed only for functional matters, never as an independent and self-justifying medium with its purpose being a musical organization. Through the growth of military, professional, and school bands, the band of today has developed into a musical organization in its own right, which can perform almost anything in the technical range of composition.
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A Critical Evaluation of Eight Series of Music Books for Grades Four, Five and Six

A Critical Evaluation of Eight Series of Music Books for Grades Four, Five and Six

Date: August 1949
Creator: LeMond, Nell Verna
Description: This study is an evaluation of individual music textbooks from eight series for grades four, five, and six, by a definite criterion basis. It seems very worthwhile to have an evaluation of such books: (a) to aid in the wise selection of music books, and (b) to become familiar with the contributions of each series.
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Devices for Teaching Creative Music in the Elementary Grades

Devices for Teaching Creative Music in the Elementary Grades

Date: 1947
Creator: Spearman, Leta Hooks
Description: The purpose of the creative approach in music education is to furnish the child with opportunities for originality of expression and for freedom and adventure. This thesis examines the goals and purposes of using creativity in music eduction.
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A Dramatic and Musical Analysis of the Character, Isolde, Derived from Both the Legend and Richard Wagner's Opera, Tristan and Isolde

A Dramatic and Musical Analysis of the Character, Isolde, Derived from Both the Legend and Richard Wagner's Opera, Tristan and Isolde

Date: 1949
Creator: McConnell, Patsi Jane
Description: This paper attempts to give a complete musical and dramatic analysis of the character of Isolde, from both the legend and Richard Wagner's opera, Tristan and Isolde, by first comparing the events as related in the two principal sources of the legend and then by an examination of Wagner's version of the story.
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The Early English Ballad and Its Influence on Classical English Song

The Early English Ballad and Its Influence on Classical English Song

Date: June 1948
Creator: Richards, Evan Cater
Description: The English classical song is peculiarly native to Britain. It roots in the mystic elements of ballads and nature. It was the influence of the early English ballad, first spoken, then sung, then joined in the happy culmination of voice and melody to make a song that is immortal and unique in music.
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An Evaluation of Motion Picture Films for Use in Music Education

An Evaluation of Motion Picture Films for Use in Music Education

Date: June 1949
Creator: Bolin, Carl B.
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to present an evaluated list of motion picture films which are related to the field of music and the teaching of music in order that both teacher and student of music may become familiar with the films which are available for use in music education and with the relative merit of each film.
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The Evolution of Viola Technique

The Evolution of Viola Technique

Date: August 1949
Creator: Rodgers, Gregory S.
Description: Material relating to the viola, its history, technique, use as a solo and orchestral instrument, and its use in chamber music, is practically non-existent. For this reason, this document is being written in an attempt first, to collect and discuss, for the benefit of the author as well as for any who might have some interest in the viola, facts which might eliminate some of the common misunderstandings about the instrument, and second, to show, through examination of viola music, the use to which the viola has been put in solo, orchestral, and chamber music from the Baroque period to the present.
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Five Year Band Program for Vanderbilt School

Five Year Band Program for Vanderbilt School

Date: August 1948
Creator: Reves, Wayman Aubrey
Description: The public school of Vanderbilt, Texas is in the process of building a band. The steady growth of the band will depend upon a long-range planning program. It is the band director's aim to set up such a long-range plan to cover the five years from the 1947 school year and including the 1952 school year. The following chapters will cover most of the phases of the band's work, and that of the director's work, and his relation to the band and the community.
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A Historical and Stylistic Analysis of the Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2 in D Minor of Beethoven

A Historical and Stylistic Analysis of the Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2 in D Minor of Beethoven

Date: August 1948
Creator: Craw, H. Allen
Description: The purpose of this paper is to give a historical and stylistic analysis of the Sonata, Op.31, No.2 in D minor of Beethoven. The historical background of Beethoven, the time period the sonata was written, and the influence that the piano of the time had on the sonata is first discussed. The author then discusses the general aspects of Beethoven's style followed by a detailed analysis of the sonata.
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A Historical Survey of Psalm Settings from the Time of the Reformation Through Stravinsky's "Symphonie des Psaumes"

A Historical Survey of Psalm Settings from the Time of the Reformation Through Stravinsky's "Symphonie des Psaumes"

Date: August 1947
Creator: Williamson, Virginia Sue
Description: Though perhaps we shall never know the music to which these religious lyrics were written, the poems have never ceased to be the source of inspiration for the spirits of men since they were first sung. Each psalm seems to have an underlying purpose with a personal message for each reader. In the Book one can find a reply to every sort of question, for the Psalms are filled with expressions of emotion brought about by all human experience. The collection of these 150 songs or psalms makes up what is known as the Hebrew hymn-book or the Book of Psalms.
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“In Old Mexico:” Suite for Solo Piano

“In Old Mexico:” Suite for Solo Piano

Date: May 1947
Creator: Robinson, Frances O.
Description: There is often difficulty in determining the most desirable medium to be used in the composition of music. After careful consideration, the writer chose the medium of piano to present the following musical composition. In the initial investigations, it appeared that the vocal idiom might provide a more suitable choice. However, piano teaching rather than work in the vocal field will probably consume a greater part of the writer's time in the future. The writing of a piano composition, then, appeared to be a justifiable decision.
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An Instrumental Program Especially Suitable for the Goose Creek Independent School District

An Instrumental Program Especially Suitable for the Goose Creek Independent School District

Date: June 1947
Creator: Parker, Fred Sherman
Description: Within this document, the writer hopes to present a thorough study of the various methods and materials which are available for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced band classes of the Goose Creek Independent School District, Goose Creek, Texas, taking into consideration the organization of the school system as it exists at the present time.
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Organization and Administration of a Vocal Competition Festival

Organization and Administration of a Vocal Competition Festival

Date: August 1949
Creator: Hatchett, W. Edward (William Edward)
Description: The conviction that the music competition festivals should be better organized and better administered has led to the study of this topic by many serious-minded music leaders.The present study will deal with this all important phase of the contest or festival--the organization and administration of a vocal competition festival. The writer has no intention of setting down a set of rules and regulations to be followed by all directors of contests in all situations. He rather would suggest the use of a set of findings which should help contest directors to organize and administer an event which should be of great educational value both to the directors and the students.
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The Origin and Development of the Solo Cantata

The Origin and Development of the Solo Cantata

Date: May 1949
Creator: Taliaferro, Rowena Turney
Description: This thesis is designed to acquaint vocalists with the history of the solo cantata and to give a bibliography of available cantatas. Very few singers know that solo cantatas exist and little material is available on the subject in comparison to the material available on other musical forms.This work endeavors to aid the vocalist by compiling the solo cantata material that is available in the North Texas State College Library.
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