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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Date Range
2012 2018

21st Century Breakdown: The Influence of Social Media on New Bands in the 21st Century is a creative project that explores the development of social media in its relation to music and how, over time, it has impacted the music industry. More specifically, the documentary explains the significance of social media to new bands at this moment in time (2017), which is seen through the development of local Phoenix band The Breaking Pattern. The documentary follows The Breaking Pattern for a year from the release of their debut album to the early stages of their second album. The documentary reveals ...

Contributors
Bosselman, Haley Erin, Jacoby, Jim, Russell, Dennis, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Musical interpretation is challenging when one’s goal is to evoke an emotional response from an audience. In order to develop a well-informed interpretation of Mozart’s Fantasia in D minor K. 397, a study was conducted on the historical background of the piece and various performances by well-regarded performers. Fantasias are written works, but improvisatory by nature. Mozart’s fantasias were influenced by C. P. E. Bach’s, which included sudden changes in emotion. An Emil Gilels performance provided a classically trained approach, while Mitsuko Uchida’s performance provided an emotional approach. Colin Tilney and John Irving performances elucidated the sound of the instruments ...

Contributors
Mo, Gina Nan, Emmery, Laura, Creviston, Hannah, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This project is a small scale investigation of various factors concerning “Flow” in Piano Performance. “Flow” is the sweet spot where ability and challenge are about equal, and usually high (Csikszentmihalyi 1990). Piano performance is a state of playing the piano with some intent to perform. In this case, the intent is to create something new or improvise. Improvisation is one form of expressive creativity on the piano stemming from some knowledge and extrapolation upon that knowledge (Nachmanovitch 82). Creativity is essential to the development of new music, and though extensive literature exists on both creativity and music independently, there ...

Contributors
Dorr, Alexander Nathan, Kaplan, Robert, Parker, John, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This thesis describes a survey of multiple universities accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) that offer wellness courses. The survey sought to identify topics to aid in furthering musicians’ wellness. Ideally, the information provided will help aid Arizona State University and other universities create a wellness course for their students. For this research, 65 university music schools, departments, and conservatories were asked to provide information and syllabi on musicians’ wellness courses they offered. Thirty-one schools replied and provided information (48%), and syllabi from 38 music courses were collected and analyzed. Content analysis revealed: (1) Topics of ...

Contributors
Laird, Julia Swan, Sullivan, Jill, Weiss, Stephanie, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

The attainment of a meaningful existence is a one of the most fundamental human desires. While the pursuit for a meaningful existence is universal, the path to achieving it looks different for all people. An important aspect in achieving a meaningful existence is personal enlightenment that is attained through not only a profound understanding of one's own identity through reflection but also an awareness of the environment that has shaped that identity. The purpose of reflection should not be to attach blame or find excuses for the aspects of one’s life that are unfavorable or shameful; rather, it should be ...

Contributors
Wen, Charles H, Mantie, Roger, Libman, Jeff, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Biofeedback music is the integration of physiological signals with audible sound for aesthetic considerations, which an individual’s mental status corresponds to musical output. This project looks into how sounds can be drawn from the meditative and attentive states of the brain using the MindWave Mobile EEG biosensor from NeuroSky. With the MindWave and an Arduino microcontroller processor, sonic output is attained by inputting the data collected by the MindWave, and in real time, outputting code that deciphers it into user constructed sound output. The input is scaled from values 0 to 100, measuring the ‘attentive’ state of the mind by ...

Contributors
Quach, Andrew Duc, Helms Tillery, Stephen, Feisst, Sabine, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Breathe, Don’t Speak is an exploratory public relations campaign that applies strategic communication theories by thought leaders in social media and Millennial marketing to the promotion of an independent musical artist brand created by Allie Long. The project utilized methods of digital communication, including a website, social media channels and music hosting to promote the Breathe, Don’t Speak brand. The campaign was also supported by the offline communication strategies of strategic partnership and content co-creation.

Contributors
Long, Alexandra Diane, Sweeter, Janice, McConnell, Amy, et al.
Created Date
2016-05
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Our perspectives and experiences are constantly shaped by the music around us. Through the writing, recording, and producing of color, an eight track concept album, we seek to explore and reflect upon life’s most significant milestones. This paper chronicles the year-long creation process of color and highlights the important influences, challenges, and approach which made the album all the more transcendental.

Contributors
Huerta, Salvador, Tom, Nathan, Sandoval, Mathew, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

This thesis explores my experience in teaching a high school music class through composition. I detail pedagogical approaches that helped to shape my lesson planning including constructivism, informal learning, and project based learning. The music education theory is put into action in a real high school setting and I explain what happened: what worked, what didn't, and what can we learn from this?

Contributors
Whelihan, Brian Peter, Tobias, Evan, Schildkret, David, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The result of hundreds of hours of work is a few minutes of music. I am mechanical engineering student with a passion for music. The objective of this creative project was to learn as much as I could about music theory, composition, orchestration, notation, recording, and mixing, and to create some music of my own. I learned a great deal in my two semesters of work. My music was focused on small ensembles of strings and piano. I created over ten hours of musical audio sketches and produced notation for four pieces for the piano and strings. The finished scores ...

Contributors
Schichtel, Jacob, Stauffer, Sandra, Tobias, Evan, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

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.