The School of Music offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, including performance (brass, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds), composition, music education, music theory, and music history at the undergraduate level, and all of those areas plus conducting, collaborative piano, and piano pedagogy at the master’s level. We are also the only Missouri institution to offer the Ph.D. in music education. Our extensive ensemble offerings are complemented by a highly individualized approach to student success, centered on the studio lesson in most areas of study. Non-music majors, we are here for you too. We offer the minor in music and, starting this year, a specialized jazz minor, and of course hundreds of non-majors participate in our ensembles—everything from Marching Mizzou to chamber groups—and music courses.

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  • She 

    Smucker, Jake (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    A choral piece.
  • Symphonic requiem 

    Cypret, Kaylene (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    A symphonic requiem
  • The Outlaw 

    Pounds, Justin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    This opera was written as a thesis for the completion of a Master of Music degree in Composition. The text is adapted from the one act play of the same name by August Strindberg. The music is a blend of diverse influences ...
  • Bellini's Norma: a comparative study of significant leading ladies from Pasta to Callas 

    Walsh, Meghan J. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    In the rich tradition of bel canto opera the surviving details surrounding the performances of the leading role from Norma (1831) of Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835) provide ample basis for a comparison of seven celebrated ...
  • From race records to rock 'n' roll: Elvis, Sun, and the production of culture perspective 

    Cochran, Joshua (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    With the breakout success of his first commercial recordings made and released in1954 and 1955 by Sam Phillips's Memphis, Tennessee-based Sun record label, Elvis Presley (1935-1977) quickly became a regional star with his ...
  • 'I ain't no size two:' feminist conversations and controversial messages in Meghan Trainor's empowerment songs 

    Schlabach, Erin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    Meghan Trainor's brand -- while thoroughly debated among critics and consumers -- provides a gateway to conversations on body acceptance, gender equality, and female empowerment through the use of provocative lyrics, catchy ...
  • The development and synthesis of foundational ideas in four Debussy Prludes 

    Loyd, Melanie (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This study examines specific themes, called foundational ideas, in four of Claude Debussy's Prludes. These foundational ideas are presented as discrete pieces, then developed, and finally form a previously unforeseen ...
  • Stravinsky's English text setting in works of 1951-1953 

    Brusova, Yulia. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] As a Russian-born composer who later held citizenship in France and the United States, Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) achieved a remarkable command of the ...
  • Copland in pursuit of Neoclassicism : a speculative discourse on his "leftist" politics, his interpretation of Mahler, and their confrontation at the third symphony 

    Rothbarth, Adam L. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 (1946) is widely agreed to be not only one of the composer's finest accomplishments, but also one of the greatest American achievements in the genre. From his roots as a modernist composer ...
  • Uneven portraits 

    Martinez Rubiano, Jose Guillermo (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    Any portrait is always a personal representation of reality. These five pieces for saxophone quartet are a sonic personal reinterpretation of different influences, impressions, and reflections in my musical atmosphere. ...
  • Shostakovich in the United States of America: timelines, commentaries, and photographs for his three visits 

    Fiasco, Emily (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] During the Cold War Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), the emblematic Soviet composer of the twentieth century, made three visits to his country's avowed ...
  • Songs from the Golden Gate 

    Strobel, Robert (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This musical score, presented as a thesis, uses selections from the book of poetry, Songs From the Golden Gate, by Ina Coolbrith, for a 4-movement, ...
  • The impact of Richard Wagner on Werner Herzog's film Nosferatu 

    Chen, Jinsong (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The film Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht [Nosferatu, Phantom of the Night] (1979), known in English-speaking countries as Nosferatu the Vampyre, a retelling ...
  • Sifting through ashes 

    Strausbaugh, Michael (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    A varied and elaborated form of a simple theme serves as basis for the refrain material in a seven-part rondo. Via additive process, the initial motive is revealed, recognizable yet harmonically distant. While purely melodic ...
  • Painted upon a Grecian urn for wind ensemble 

    Hills, Joe (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    Painted Upon A Grecian Urn is a three-movement suite for modified wind ensemble of about fifteen minutes in length in which each movement represents a different legend from Greek mythology. The movements embody Athena, ...
  • Bela Bartok and the Pro-Musica Society: a chronicle of piano recitals in eleven American cities during his 1927-1928 tour 

    Lucas, Sarah M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    An important component of Béla Bartók's 1927-28 transcontinental tour of the United States was a series of eleven lecture-recitals sponsored by the Pro-Musica Society—an international organization founded in 1920 as the ...
  • Garden music 

    Witter, David J. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    This piece was written as a thesis for the completion of an M.M. in composition. To write it I conjured several images to help characterize various elements of a garden. The first movement came about as a visualization of ...
  • Post-common practice era music theory pedagogy 

    Morrow, Melissa (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    The purpose of my research is to improve the experience of students who are taking the Twentieth-Century Compositional Techniques course at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and similar courses at other institutions. ...
  • Amy Beach: the Victorian woman, the autism spectrum, and compositional style 

    Laemmli, Amy (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    Celebrated American composer and pianist Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944) became the subject of the dedicated interest of a number of scholars during the last decades of the twentieth century, but her idiosyncratic ...
  • Farewell to shadowlands: for wind ensemble 

    Fonda, Grant (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    Original composition, “Farewell to Shadowlands.”

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