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Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MMus)



First Advisor

Bourne, Patricia, 1957-

Second Advisor

Fitzpatrick, Tim (Musician)

Third Advisor

Dudenbostel, Heather


The purpose of this work was to determine if bel canto pedagogy, combined with voice-science and spectrography, could be implemented successfully in a young women’s chorus over a nine-week research period. The first chapter of this thesis describes what pedagogies and tools the author drew from to use in practice research. The second chapter summarizes the instruction that was given in each research session, as well as provides analyses of the participants’ progress throughout the research period. The final chapter examines final feedback from both the participants and the author of this work, as well as the potential future use of the author’s findings in various choral settings.




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