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Shuksan Story Soundtrack
Date Permissions Signed
Date of Award
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Music (MMus)
Bourne, Patricia, 1957-
Sommer, Lesley, 1967-
Friesen, John, 1964-
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
Western Washington University
Subjects – Names (LCNAF)
Shuksan Middle School (Bellingham, Wash.)--History
Subject – LCSH
Motion picture music--Scores; Motion picture music; Documentary films--Production and direction; Middle schools--Washington (State)--Bellingham--History; Composition (Music)--Collaboration
masters theses; sound recordings; scores (documents for music)
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Ross, Jonathan (Jonathan Mahan), "Shuksan Story: An Original Soundtrack Composition" (2018). WWU Graduate School Collection. 805.