Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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This project is an arrangement of three movements from Igor Stravinsky’s most famous and beloved ballets for performance by classical guitar quartet. The movements arranged were “Augurs of Spring” from The Rite of Spring (1913), “Russian Dance” from Petrouchka (1911), and “Infernal Dance of All Kastchei’s Subjects” from The Firebird (1910). Because the appeal of this music is largely based on the exciting rhythms and interesting harmonies, these works translate from full orchestra to guitar quite well. The arrangement process involved studying both the orchestral scores and Stravinsky’s own piano reductions. The sheet music for these arrangements is accompanied by ...

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Sample, Katherine Elizabeth, Koonce, Frank, Lake, Brendan, et al.
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2016-05

"Chronos" is a composition by the great jazz pianist, Aaron Parks. Originally arranged for a quartet consisting of piano, upright bass, drums and tenor saxophone, I sought to arrange the piece for a sextet consisting of trombone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, guitar, upright, bass, and drums. This thesis outlines my process as I transcribed "Chronos" from the original recording and then arranged it for a new ensemble. It also discusses the difficulties faced in all the phases of the project from transcribing to rehearsing and performing the work. My arrangement is included with the thesis for those who wish to ...

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Mcdaniel, Sean Wesley, Kocour, Michael, Haines, Ryan, et al.
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2015-05

Prior to World War II, about 55,000 Jews were living in Prague, a very cosmopolitan and artistic city. They represented nearly twenty percent of the city’s population. By the end of the war, at least two-thirds of them had died in the Holocaust. The Nazis converted the small fortress town of Theresienstadt, near Prague, into a transport camp for Jews on their way to Auschwitz and other death camps. Theresienstadt was where the Nazis sent most Jewish Czech intellectuals, military veterans, artists, and members of the upper class who were well connected. It was also the camp they chose to ...

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Schwimmer, Jack Denmark, Creviston, Hannah, Feisst, Sabine, et al.
Created Date
2013-05

Rainbow Connection is an integrated choir with members on and off the autism spectrum. It was founded in the spring of 2012 by Barrett students Ali Friedman, Megan Howell, and Victoria Gilman as part of an honors thesis creative project. Rainbow Connection uses the rehearsal process and other creative endeavors to foster natural relationship building across social gaps. A process-oriented choir, Rainbow Connection’s main goals concern the connections made throughout the experience rather than the final musical product. The authors believe that individual, non-hierarchical relationships are the keys to breaking down systemized gaps between identity groups and that music is ...

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Friedman, Alexandra, Gilman, Victoria, Howell, Megan, et al.
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2014-12

Only in the world of acting can an individual be denied a job simply on the basis of their appearance, and in my thesis, I sought to explore alternatives to this through the concept of nontraditional casting and casting against “type”, which included the presentation of a full-length production of the musical “Once on this Island” which I attempted to cast based on vocal quality and skill alone rather than taking physical characteristics into account. I researched the history and implementation of nontraditional casting, both in regards to race and other factors such as gender, socio-economic status, and disability. I ...

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Briggs, Timothy James, Yatso, Toby, Dreyfoos, Dale, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

The solution of the linear system of equations $Ax\approx b$ arising from the discretization of an ill-posed integral equation with a square integrable kernel is considered. The solution by means of Tikhonov regularization in which $x$ is found to as the minimizer of $J(x)=\{ \|Ax -b\|_2^2 + \lambda^2 \|L x\|_2^2\}$ introduces the unknown regularization parameter $\lambda$ which trades off the fidelity of the solution data fit and its smoothing norm, which is determined by the choice of $L$. The Generalized Discrepancy Principle (GDP) and Unbiased Predictive Risk Estimator (UPRE) are methods for finding $\lambda$ given prior conditions on the noise ...

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Horst, Michael Jacob, Renaut, Rosemary, Cochran, Douglas, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Asperger’s syndrome is a high-functioning subset of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Diagnosed patients often lack refined social skills but possess a normal level of cognitive skills without delay in language development. These deficient social skills can impact the ability to find and maintain a job, which can be burdensome for all individuals involved in the patient’s life. Although the causes of this condition are largely unknown, a wide variety of social and cognitive therapies have been used to reduce symptom severity, one of which is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Mindfulness is the act of being aware on purpose to whatever ...

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Brzezinski, Molly Alexandra, Smith, Brian, Sebren, Ann, et al.
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2017-05

Crescendo, an after school program that was created to fulfill the Thesis/Creative Project requirement for Barrett, the Honors College, linked musical excellence with academic excellence in pursuit of social change for sixty of Tempe’s underprivileged students in Thew Elementary School. This program focused on five main objectives: musical excellence through refined music education, academic excellence through tutorship, promotion of a positive self-image through community performances, development of strong communication skills through ensemble experience, and accessibility to students by providing the program free of cost. Students enrolled in this program were involved in musical rehearsal, college readiness sessions, a field trip ...

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Gamboa, Stephen Allen, Smith, J.B., Creviston, Hannah, et al.
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2014-05

Three high-school and college-level band directors were interviewed about how their ensemble students (both individually and collectively) are affected during times of tragedy and how they responded to the situation. Tragedies discussed included student deaths, school-wide incidents, national emergencies, and other instances of shared grief. Questions that guided the research were: (1) In what musical or non-musical ways do band directors aid their students in the grieving process? (2) How do band directors handle their own personal emotions, both in front of their students and privately? and (3) What resources and previous experiences have prepared band directors to handle a ...

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Peters, Alaina Rose, Schmidt, Margaret, Hoffer, Julie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Based on the techniques of spectralism and using Grisey's "Partiels" as a model, my thesis composition combines my desire to explore computer music, visual mediums, and my personal desire to create meaning in music through integrating manipulated recordings of "place" in a piece for string orchestra and fixed electronics. My thesis paper includes spectralism history, analysis of "Partiels," and analysis of my own composition.

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Brown, Bethany Carolyn, Suzuki, Kotoka, Schmelz, Peter, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.