Research by Graduate Students - MA theses

Research faculty at the School of Music supervise and mentor graduate students on a broad range of topics, allowing our students to explore research interests while engaging critically with a variety of sources. Graduate students also learn to communicate complex ideas, issues, arguments, and research findings clearly and effectively in both oral and written formats.

Completed MA Theses (since 2000)

Ryan Blakeley (2017)
Genre and Influence: Tracing the Lineage of Timbre and Form in Steven Wilson's Progressive Rock
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Krisandra Ivings (2016)
Country Culture and Crossover: Narrative Representations of Gender and Genre Through Lyric, Music, Image, and Staging in Carrie Underwood's Blown Away Tour
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Mary Claire Jensen (2016)
Measuring Music Reading: A Guide to Assessment Methods
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Karen King (2016)
Parting Ways with Piano Lessons: Predictors, Invoked Reasons, and Motivation Related to Piano Student Dropouts
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Mark Kleyn (2016)
Shared Leadership in Chamber Music Ensembles: A Preliminary Study Borrowing from Sports Psychology
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Noëlie More (2016)
Les deux derniers films 'Harry Potter' : marqueurs sonores et thèmes narratifs
Supervisor: Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers

Carolyne Sumner (2016)
John Weinzweig, Leftist Politics, and Radio Drama at the CBC During the Second World War
Supervisor: Christopher Moore

Meganne Woronchak (2016)
The Value of Reflective Journaling with Advanced Piano Students
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Jillian Beacon (2015)
Assessing 2D and 3D Motion Tracking Technologies for Measuring the Immediate Impact of Feldenkrais Training on the Playing Postures of Pianists
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Ariel Carrabré (2015)
Understanding Schenkerian Analysis from the Perspective of Music Perception and Cognition
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Leanne DeGraaf (2015)
Towards a Generative Theory of Emotion, Meaning, and Expression in Musical Performance
Supervisor: Dillon Parmer

Erin Dempsey (2015)
Music Performance Anxiety in Children and Teenagers: Effects of Perfectionism, Self-Efficacy, and Gender
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Margaret Elisabeth Fox (2015)
Formal Relationships in Clara Wieck’s Piano Concerto Op. 7
Supervisor: Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers

Anastassia Grankina (2015)
Transcultural Representation of Circassian Music in Mily Balakirev’s Islamey: Oriental Fantasy (1869)
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Nerhys Hall (2015)
Representations of the Outsider in David Bowie’s Glam Period and its Continuation Through Punk, Goth, and Emo: Thematic, Aesthetic, and Subcultural Considerations
Supervisor:Lori Burns

Erik Fernandez Ibarz (2015)
Peter Schat's Tone Clock: The Steering Function and Pitch-Class Set Transformation in Genen
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Adam Roy (2015)
Music in Motion: A Metaphoric Mapping of Forces in Piano Concertos by Mozart and Schumann
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Carolyn Watts (2015)
America in the Transatlantic Imagination: The Ballets Russes and John Alden Carpenter's Skyscrapers
Supervisor: Christopher Moore

Grace Wong (2015)
The Immediate Effects of Somatic Approach Workshops on the Body Usage and Musical Quality of Pianists
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Mélissa Bourgault (2014)
Socrate : Autoportrait cubiste d’Erik Satie
Supervisor: Christopher Moore

Michael Carlucci (2014)
The Development of New Electronic Percussion Instruments in Popular Music of the 1980s: A Technical Study
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Kaley Duff (2014)
Discovering Dallapiccola’s Suleika in the Goethe Lieder
Supervisor: Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers

Erin Sheedy (2014)
Performing the Canadian Mosaic: Juliette Gauthier, Florence Glenn, and the CPR Festivals of Quebec City
Supervisor: Christopher Moore

Shana Anderson (2013)
Ideal Performance Practice for Silent Film: An Overview of How-to Manuals and Cue Sheet Music Accompaniment in the 1910s and 1920s
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Velia Ivanova (2013)
Adorno’s Criticism of Schoenberg’s Twelve-Tone Method: An Opposition of Kantian Interpretations
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Megan Johnson (2013)
Listening to Berio’s Sequenza III: A Multi-Perspective Examination of the Singer’s Embodied Experience
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Emilie Bruno (2012)
Psallendae Mariae: Marian Processional Chants of the Ambrosian Rite
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Jacob E. Caines (2012)
Frederick Fennell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble: The Transformation of American Wind Music through Instrumentation and Repertoire
Supervisor: Christopher Moore

Bogdan Focsaneanu (2012)
Leo Brouwer’s Layering Technique: Formal Articulation Through Intervallic, Voice-Leading, and Rhythmic Structures in “Elogio de la Danza”
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Sinae Kim (2012)
Isang Yun and the Hauptton Technique: An Analytical Study of the Second Movement from Duo für Violoncello und Harfe (1984)
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Yuanyuan Lu (2012)
Survey of Eighteen North-American Piano Method Books: Repertoire Selection and Categories
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Alyssa R. Michaud (2012)
“Copies without Originals”: Manipulation, Mediation, and Mediatization in Performance and Recording Practices
Supervisor: Christopher Moore

Lori Lynn Penny (2012)
The Kodály Method and Tonal Harmony: An Issue of Pedagogical Compatibility
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Erin Puttee (2012)
Undressing Cherubino: Reassessing Gender and Sexuality in Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro”
Supervisor: Dillon Parmer

Jacqueline Ravensbergen (2012)
Three Contrapuntal Pieces from Luigi Dallapiccola’s Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera: An Analysis of Row Structure
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Kimberley Sundell (2012)
Comprehensive Musicianship and Beginner Piano Method Books: A Content Analysis
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Louis Tétreault (2012)
La construction des phrases en contexte post-tonal : une analyse du Trio no2 de Clermont Pépin
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Michael Turabian (2012)
Echoes of Home: the Diasporic Performer and the Quest for “Armenianness”
Supervisor: Dillon Parmer

Mathew Walton (2012)
Issues of Narrativity in the Romantic Piano Opera Paraphrase
Supervisor: Dillon Parmer

Jessica Wan (2012)
Violet Archer’s “The Twenty-Third Psalm” (1952): An Analytical Study of Text and Music Relations Through Fibonacci Numbers, Melodic Contour, Motives, and Piano Accompaniment
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Jane Berry (2011)
Reinterpreting Schumann: A Study of Large-Scale Structural and Atmospheric Associations in Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben and Dichterliebe Song Cycles
Primary Supervisor: Roxane Prevost
Co-Supervisor: Dillon Parmer

Elizabeth Hamilton (2011)
A Study of Early Sixteenth-Century English Music Fragments from the DIAMM Database
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Michèle Wheatley-Brown (2011)
An Analysis of Terminology in Piano Technique
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Tony Dunn (2010)
Harmony and Voice Leading in Jazz Improvisation: Formulating an Analytical Framework for a Comparative Analysis of a Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock Performance of Hancock’s Dolphin Dance
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Milada Medinić (2010)
Préservation des éléments mélo-théoriques anciens dans la tradition musicale contemporaine de la sevdalinka - chanson traditionnelle bosniaque
Supervisor: Roxane Prevost

Rebecca Small (2010)
An Analysis of Klezmer Music
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Michael Fitzpatrick (2009)
“The Concerned and Thoughtful Musical Citizen”: Music Analysis as Sufficient Explanation
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Jamie Loback (2009)
Contour Prolongation in Steven Gellman’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (2004): Tracing the Narrative of the Ego and Alter-Ego
Primary Supervisor: Roxane Prevost
Co-Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Maxime O’Bomsawin-Bégin (2009)
Confluence d’influences chez Dowland : musique mesurée, danse, rhétorique et ballade populaire anglaise au sein de ses airs pour luth
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Heather Raines (2009)
Auteur Directions, Collaboration and Film Music : Re-Imaginings in the Cinema of rodriguez and Tarantino
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Shannon Cole (2008)
Exploring Performance-Oriented Analysis Through an Examination of the Title Character’s Two Arias in Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah”
Supervisor: Nicole Labelle

Tamar Dubuc (2008)
Uncovering the Subject Dimensions of the Musical Artefact: Reconsiderations on Neuva Cancion Chilena (New Chilean Song) as Practiced by Victor Jara
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Catherine Lemay (2008)
The Evaluation and Measurement of Music Reading Ability in Piano Students: Comparing Assessment Systems
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Jada Watson (2008)
Aspects of “Jewish” folk idiom in Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 4, op. 83
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Geneviève Bazinet (2007)
London, British Library, Egerton 3307: Passions, patronage, carols, and music for Holy week
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Julia Brook (2007)
Video Database as an Asynchronus tool in Piano Pedagogy
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Laura Hawley (2007)
Jazz Improvisations, Analysis and Interpretation: Three Performances of “Honeysuckle Rose” by Ella Fitzgerald
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Nisreen Jardaneh (2008)
Piano Students’ Perceptions of Their Practice Strategies
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Émilie Marshall (2007)
Trees as a Methodological Tool for Comparing Sets of Rules in Strict Two-Part First Species Counterpoint
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Ann Babin (2005)
Piano Curriculum and Examination Requirements in Canadian Conservatories: Historical Development and Comparative Analysis
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Kimberly Francis (2005)
Nadia Boulanger and La ville morte: En’gendering’ a Woman’s Role in the Making of an Opera
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Kata Huncik (2005)
A Liturgical-Repertorial Study of 16th-Century Polyphonic Music in “Bartfa MS 8”
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Catherine Lamarre (2005)
Representation and Identity: A Study of the Brussels 228 Chansonnier and Patronage in Margaret of Austria’s Court
Supervisor: Nicole Labelle

Brian Lefresne (2005)
Applications of chaos theory and fractal geometry in the music of Gyorgy Ligeti
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Line Morais (2005)
Le développement d’un cadre théorique permettant de mieux comprendre l’utilisation de l’analogie comme stratégie d’enseignement du piano
Supervisor: Gilles Comeau

Erin Parkes (2005)
Petrarch and Motivicity in Willaert’s Musica Nuova
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Matthew Smith (2005)
Platform, Position and Purpose: Analyzing the Studio Recordings and Live Performance of U2
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Jessica Thirlwall (2005)
Towards a Reticular Analysis of Josquin’s Five-Voice Chansons
Supervisor: Nicole Labelle

Erica Vezeau (2005)
Musical Messaging in the Early Piano Correspondence Between Clara Wieck and Robert Schumann
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Kristin Force (2004)
La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass: The Evolution of Minimalism and the Audience Response
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Marion MacLeod (2004)
Country Stars, Country Lights: Politics, Urbanization and Contradiction in Country Music
Supervisor: Murray Dineen

Alyssa Woods (2004)
Violence and the Negotiation of Musical Meaning in Rock, Pop, and Rap Cover Song
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Judith Leigh Ann Ryan (2003)
The Impact of the Canada Council on the Composition of Music in Ontario
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Karen Zacy Benner (2002)
The Mellon Chansonnier, Reflections of the Roman de la Rose: The Reception by Molinet and Tinctoris, a Manuscript from the House of Aragon
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Kelly-Anne Francis (2001)
Rhythmic Motion in Selected Chorale Preludes from J.S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein
Supervisor: Lori Burns

Iolanda Lucciola (2001)
The Character Pieces of Clara Wieck-Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: A Stylistic Comparison of Gender Traits and Idioms Proper to the Genre
Primary supervisor: Nicole Labelle
Co-supervisor: Paul Merkley

David Banga (2000)
Arnold Schoenberg’s Approach to Text Setting in the Book of Hanging Gardens
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Christina Linklater (2000)
Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame in the Context of Fourteenth-Century Polyphonic Music for the Mass Ordinary
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

Katherine Misner (2000)
Ives as Innovator? Considerations of Sources, Biography, and Style for his Songs Based on Models
Supervisor: Paul Merkley

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