Theses & Dissertations

Below is a collection of theses and dissertations by graduates of the LSU Music Education program, dating back to 1990.

Doctoral Dissertations

Kelvin D. Jones
What Made You Hear That? An Examination of the Rehearsal Listening of Accomplished School-Based Music Conductors

Christine Russell
Effects of Pitch and Rhythm Priming Task on Accuracy and Fluency During Sight-reading

Loneka Battiste
Music Down in My Soul: Achieving an Ideal Sound for Moses Hogan Spirituals

Kathryn Strickland
The Effect of Real-Time Pitch Tracking and Correction on High School Instrumentalists’ Tuning Accuracy

Rebecca Bellelo
Musical Achievement and Attitude of Beginning Piano Students in a Synchronous Videoconferencing Lesson Environment

Norman Alan Clark
Direction of Mistuning, Magnitude of Cent Deviation, and Timbre as Factors in Musicians’ Pitch Discrimination in Simultaneous and Sequential Listening Conditions

Pamela Taylor
The Role of Music Making in the Identity Construction of Members of an Adult Community Band

Amanda Schlegel
The Effect of Directed Attention Score Study Procedures on Music Majors’ Error Detection in Three-Part Instrumental Music

Elizabeth Menard
An Investigation of Creative Potential in High School Musicians: Recognizing, Promoting, and Assessing Creative Ability through Music Composition

Judy Guilbeaux-James
The Effect of Rhythm-Based Computer-Assisted Music Instruction Designed for Individual Learning Style Preferences on the Learning of Preservice Elementary Education Majors

Nancy Baker
The Effects of Peer Teaching on Undergraduate Music Majors’ Achievement and Attitude Toward Sight-Reading in the Group Piano Setting

Melody Hanberry
Effects of Practice Strategies, Metronome Use, Meter, Hand, and Musical Function on Dual-Staved Piano Performance Accuracy and Practice Time Usage of Undergraduate Non-Keyboard Music Majors

Leslie Paige Rose
The Effects of Contextual Interference on the Acquisition, Retention, and Transfer of a Music Motor Skill among University Musicians

Jennifer Whitaker
Analyses of High School Band Students’ and Directors’ Perceptions of Verbal and Nonverbal Teaching Behaviors

Jeremy Lane
A Basic Interpretative Analysis of Instrumental Music Education Majors’ Approaches to Score Study in Varying Musical Contexts

Leigh-Ann Lethco
Preparing Undergraduate Music Majors to Teach Beginning Instrumentalists: The Effects of Self-Evaluation, Teacher Observation, and Performance Oriented Instructional Approaches on Teacher Behaviors and Pupil Responses

Kenneth Liske
The Effects of Type of Web Support and Instructional Mode on the Knowledge and Discrimination of Musical Texture Among Undergraduate Elementary Education Majors

Paul Henley
The Effect of Modeling and Tempo Gradations as Practice Techniques on the Performance of High School Instrumentalists

Catherine Hendel
A Qualitative and Quantitative Study of Behavioral Characteristics and Instructional Patterns of Selected Elementary Music Teachers

Dwayne Dunne
The Effect of Structured Task Presentations and Reinforcement on Attention, Achievement, and Attitude of Selected High School Choirs

Cynthia Colwell
Effect of Self-evaluation and Teaching Setting on Teacher Intensity Behaviors Among Preservice Elementary Education Majors Enrolled in a Music Methods Course

Melissa Katia Madsen
The Effect of Accurate/Inaccurate Teacher Instruction: High/Low Teacher Delivery and On-/Off-Task Student Behavior On Musicians’ Evaluation of Teacher Effectiveness

Jerome Markoch
An Approach to the Musical Analysis of Wind-band Literature Based on Analytical Modes Used by Wind-band Specialists and Music Theorists

Ricky Brooks
An Investigation of Secondary School Instrumentalists’ Responses to Wind Band Music Across Variables Present during an Aesthetic Response

Brant Karrick
An Examination of the Intonation Tendencies of Advanced Wind Instrumentalists Based on their Performance of Selected Musical Intervals

Steve Morrison
A Comparison of Preference Responses of White and African American Students to Musical Versus Musical/visual Stimuli and their Relationship to Same and Other-group Attitudes

Wilma Benson
The Effect of Tuning Stimulus Vibrato, Timbre, and Frequency on Tuning Accuracy of University, High School, and Junior High School Instrumentalists

Donald Speer
An Analysis of Sequential Patterns of Instruction in Piano Lessons

Judy Bowers
The Relationship of Sequential Patterns to the Music Teaching Effectiveness of Elementary Education Majors


Masters Theses

Allison Carroll
A Critical Examination of the Rehearsal Frame Model

LaTerence Varnado
Musical Explorations in Creation and Performance: A School’s Alternative Approach to Music Education 

Danielle Emerich
Evidence of Pedagogical Context Knowledge Among High School Band Directors and University Applied Music Teachers in the Context of Student Self-Evaluation

Colin Caldarera
High School Musicians’ and Non-Musicians’ Listening Preference for Authentic Versus Transcribed Musical Excerpts

Abby Lyons South
An Examination of Middle School Band Students’ Ability to Match Pitch Following Short-Term Vocal Technique Training

Diego Pinto
Brazilian Music for Youth Choir by FUNARTE: Exploring Issues of Pedagogy and Authenticity in Brazilian Choral Music

Robert Neil Nelson
An Exploration of Secondary Level Instrumental Music Educators’ Receptiveness to Select Philosophical Writings

Kathryn Strickland
Why They Stay and Why They Go: A Study of Retention and Attrition During the Transition from Middle to High School in the Large-Ensemble Instrumental Music Classroom

Sara McCall
A Case Study of Music-making in a Ghanaian Village: Applications for Elementary Music Teaching and Learning

Katie Elizabeth Toups
The Consensual Assessment Technique as a Measure of Creativity in Children’s Musical Compositions Motivated by Visual and Verbal Stimuli

Jenna Jackson
High School Students’ Attitudes Toward Single-Sex Choir Versus Mixed Choir

Katie Kalota
The Effect of Participation in Performing Ensembles on Listening Practices of Adolescents

Stella Watkins
The Effect of Music at Various Decibel Levels on Physiologic Responses and Head Circumference of Premature Infants

Erica Lindberg
The Effects of Self-assessment on the Sightreading Accuracy of Nonmusic Majors

Kathryn Caldwell
The Effect of Three Teaching Strategies on Eliciting Verbal Descriptions of Music from Kindergarten and Third Grade Children

Christine Denson
The Effect of High and Low Stimulus Activities on the Behavior of Children with ADHD and Their Typical Peers in the Music Classroom

Deborah Poplin
The Effect of Background Music on Graduate Music Students’ Accuracy on a Reading Comprehension Task

Julie Rauscher
Pitch Accuracy and Tonal Memory Capabilities of Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten Children

Krista Johns
The Effects of Visual Versus Aural Presentation on Instrument Preference of 3rd and 4th Graders

Kathryn Paul
The Effect of Text/No Text and Accompaniment/No Accompaniment on Fourth Graders’ Singing Ability

Harry Martin
The Correlation between College Students’ Familiarity with Potentially Offensive Popular Music and Self-Reported Tolerance of Obscene Language and Sexual Behavior

Jimmy Fleming
The Effect of Rhythmically Altered Practice Conditions on Woodwind Instrumentalists’ Note Accuracy

Melanie Woods Alexander
The Effect of Music Tempo on Movement Responses of Preschool Children

Jessica Hall
The Effects of Internet Guided Practice with Aural Modeling on the Sight-Singing Accuracy of Elementary Education Majors

Laura Wood
Tempo Discrimination Among Wind and Percussion Musicians for Four March Settings

Amy Vandemark
The Effect of Guided Practice on the Ability of Elementary Education Majors to Accurately Perform Sung Cues

John Palmer
An Examination of the Digital Synthesizer as a Tool for Score Study as Measured by Undergraduate Music Education Majors’ Responses to a Performance Error Detection Task

Kenneth Austin
An Examination of Middle School Instrumental Music Students’ Ratings of Selected Nonverbal Conducting Behaviors


Music Education as a Doctoral Minor Area

Emanuela Lacraru
Supporting Your Instrument in a Body-friendly Manner: A Comparative Approach

Yun-Chieh Chou
When the Mouse Meets the Elephant: A Manual for String Bass Players with Application of the Philosophy and Principles of the F. M. Alexander Technique

Bethany Padgett
Transcription and Analysis of Ravi Shankar’s “Morning Love” for Western Flute, Sitar, Tabla, and Tampura

Paula Bujes
“It’s easier if you have a system”: Analysis and Application of the Milanov Violin Method

Terrance Brown
Lee Hoiby’s I HAVE A DREAM

Michael Buckles
A Structured Content Analysis of Five Contemporary Etude Books for the Violin

Doran Bugg
The Role of Turkish Percussion in the History and Development of the Orchestral Percussion Section

Janice Crews
Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto: The Composition, Transformation, and a Performer’s Analysis

Laura Hauser
A Performer’s Analysis of Isang Yun’s Monolog for Bassoon with an Emphasis on the Role of Traditional Korean Influences

Barrett Johnson
An Original Composition, Galleria Armonica, Theme and Variations for Piano, Harpsichord, Harp and Orchestra and a Comparative Study between the Pedagogical Methodologies of Arnold Schoenberg and Nadia Boulanger Regarding Training the Composer

Monty Musgrave
A Wind Ensemble Adaptation and Conductor’s Analysis of Selected Movements of Darius Milhaud’s Saudades do Brazil, with an Examination of the Influences of Ernesto Nazareth

Gary Packwood
Compelled to Compose: An Introduction to the Life and Music of Paul Basler, with a Conductor’s Analysis of Missa Kenya

Teodora Peeva
Lillian Fuchs: Violist, Teacher, and Composer; Musical and Pedagogical Aspects of the 16 Fantasy Etudes for Viola

Rebecca Phillips
John Mackey: The Composer, His Compositional Style and a Conductor’s Analysis of Redline Tango and Turbine

Natasia Sexton
Liturgical Expressions of a Classical Romantic: A Choral Conductor’s Investigation of Selected Sacred Treble Chorus Compositions by Josef Rheinberger