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 master's thesis
Author: clarinetmama 
Date:   2003-03-29 04:38

I just wanted to come up for air and say, "Hello." I have been working on my Master's thesis like a crazy woman so that I can graduate in May and have been away from this board. I am happy to report I will be done next week. I just finished typing my 75th page this afternoon. Just a little research needs to be done in my hometown. My parents have been away on a trip for the past 6 weeks and I have been waiting for them to get home as I have a few questions only they can answer.

My dad was a military clarinetist from 1953-1955. So I have used him as a case study and follow his life from the time he was born (1932), began playing (1942) and discuss early band programs and the Army band program.

Anyone else out there do a thesis, and what was the topic. I must say I though this would be awful to do, but once I "found my voice" it was quite fun.

And yes, I will graduate on May 11 with a 4.0 GPA.  :)  :)  :)

Glad to be back,

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 Re: master's thesis
Author: Hank Lehrer 
Date:   2003-03-29 11:37

Hi Jean,

Just a doctoral dissertation but on a subject much less interesting than yours (Academic Preparation for Future Airport Management Personnel). Isn't it just great to finish.

And the defense is when? Good luck on that event!


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 Re: master's thesis
Author: William 
Date:   2003-03-29 13:24

For my Masters, I had the option of writing a thesis--research, editing, etc (yikes!)--or of playing a solo recital on my major instrument. I think that was the only time in my life when a decision was so easily made. The recital went very well, thank you!!! (UW-Madison, MS--Educ & Mus, '66)

BTW, congrats on the completion of your thesis--now, how about that PHd????

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 Re: master's thesis
Author: John J. Moses 
Date:   2003-03-29 14:47

Hi clarinetmama:
Good luck with your thesis, it's a long haul, but worth it.

My Doctoral thesis at Juilliard, many years ago, was a "performance edition of the 24 woodwind quintets of Anton Reicha," two or three of them are actually quite good.
Gustave Reese, the famed musicologist, was my advisor, and he hated Reicha's music, so I had a fun (?) time getting through the thesis with his approval!
Good luck in May, and congrats

Légère Artist
Clark W. Fobes Artist

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 Re: master's thesis
Author: Bob A 
Date:   2003-03-29 17:05

For those not good enough to play, and on a totally unrelated (non-musical) subject try
"Toward An Understanding Of The Function Of Guilt In 'The Theology Of Self-Esteem'". 229 pages. MCS Degree Regent College.
Bob A

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 Re: master's thesis
Author: Hank Lehrer 
Date:   2003-03-29 18:07

Hi Bob,

If you'd like to see a doctoral dissertation that is totally related to music. Try Shannon Thompson's "The Philadelphia School of Clarinet Playing" from the U of Texas a few years back. I have mentoned it a few times here on the BB but no one has reacted so... A terrific piece of work. Everything from tonguing to ligatures with a great dose of Portnoy quotes and a lot about Bonade.


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 Re: master's thesis
Author: Bob A 
Date:   2003-03-29 20:50

Hank, Ever published?
Bob A

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 Re: master's thesis
Author: Clarence Beale 
Date:   2003-03-30 00:34

Shannon Thompson's DMA dissertation, "A History and Analysis of the Philadelphia School of Clarinet Playing" can be purchased online from UMI Dissertation Services. Shannon has a link to UMI on her web pages: http://www3.wcu.edu/~thompson/.

The footnotes in Shannon's dissertation are superb. It was in one of those footnotes that I discovered John Weigand's DM dissertation, "Robert Marcellus' Fundamentals of Clarinet Playing and Teaching". Unfortunately, the only way to read this dissertation is to request the one circulating copy through an interlibrary loan from the Florida State University Allen Music Library:


However, it's worth the effort because this document has information about how Marcellus played that I have not found anywhere else.

Clarence Beale

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