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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

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Department of Leadership and Educational Policy Studies


Jazz--History; Jazz vocals--Philosophy


This thesis examines the role of musical voice and artistic purity as it relates to the creation of jazz music. The thesis examines the notion of purity and voice as it applies to the current generation of jazz creation (and lack of creation) in the 1990's, as well as examining the role that voice and purity within jazz had on the artistic renaissance of the 1950's and early 1960's. The thesis examines this artistic renaissance from a historical viewpoint. The thesis investigates how voice is created and how historical, political, and educational frameworks relate to the creation of musical purity with regard to jazz. This assessment examines the role of musical voice and the creation of purity as a personal and emotional experience which has comparisons to education as a learned event, as opposed to something that is studied or prescribed. The thesis examines what has precipitated the lack of individual expression in jazz music in the current era of it performance and what needs to occur within the genre of jazz in order for it to reclaim its distinction and provide a legacy for future generations to learn from.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [70]-71)


72 pages + 1 sound cassette (analog).




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