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Alternative title

Shuksan Story Soundtrack

Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Department or Program Affiliation


Degree Name

Master of Music (MMus)



First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Bourne

Second Advisor

Dr. Lesley Sommer

Third Advisor

Dr. John Friesen


This thesis centers around a composition written to score a documentary called “Shuksan Story,” a film documentary about the revitalization of Shuksan Middle School in Bellingham, WA. To satisfy the needs of the documentary, the composition includes four sections, including a set all in the same key signature, a set featuring the main theme, stand-alone pieces, and brief “stingers”. The project also includes recordings of all compositions: performed, mixed and finalized by the composer. The intention is that the filmmaker will edit these pieces into the completed project. This paper outlines the historical context of Shuksan Middle School and its process of school culture transformation, details the successes and challenges of multi-media collaboration, discusses compositional decisions and explores the educational potential of the process with future students.




Composition, Music, Education, Collaboration

Subjects – Names (LCNAF)

Shuksan Middle School (Bellingham, Wash.)--History

Subject – LCSH

Motion picture music--Scores; Documentary films--Production and direction; Middle schools--Washington (State)--Bellingham--History; Composition (Music)--Collaboration

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)




masters theses; sound recordings; scores (documents for music)




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