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Alternative title

The Five I's

Date Permissions Signed


Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department or Program Affiliation


Degree Name

Master of Music (MMus)



First Advisor

Fitzpatrick, Tim (Musician)

Second Advisor

Bourne, Patricia, 1957-

Third Advisor

Kasper, Angela


The skilled choral director creates and applies pedagogical techniques and exercises that support the artistic approach their choir members apply to repertoire. This is seen and heard multiple times with secondary, community college, and university ensemble directors who deal with issues of tone, timbre, style, mechanics of the voice, and aural skills. Choral directors investigate exercises that strengthen the ear and the skill of the musicians within their ensemble based on the repertoire they choose. This is certainly the case within the jazz idiom where singers work within a range of musical styles such as swing, funk, bebop, ballads, big band swing, bossa nova, samba, and other jazz genres–each with their own challenges for the ensemble and the director. Ear training, music literacy, and song style are paramount to the success of choral ensembles and especially within the genre of vocal jazz. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate and supply exercises that support the aural acuity and singing style for directors to consider helpful working with their vocal jazz ensemble. This thesis includes exercises to emphasize and encourage ear training and jazz appropriate technique that ultimately leads to expanded literacy and musicianship skills of ensemble participants.




vocal jazz, ear training, aural skills


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Choral singing--Instruction and study; Ear training; Jazz vocal groups




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