Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2019


School of Music


Music: Songwriting


Musical, Appalachian Trail, Woods, Musicals, Mystery, Soundscape, Narration, Tone Painting


This thesis is two-fold as the researcher is writing a creative thesis containing analysis as well as the art product itself. The first half consists of an analysis of a musical the researcher has been writing for two years. The analysis includes the intent of telling this specific story, as well as two songs from the musical and the surrounding scenes. In the analysis the researcher explains the musical purpose of melodic structure, lyrical devices and soundscape. The second half contains a full scene synopsis as well as a collection of detailed scenes, cast list, and an appendix attached with sheet music. This demonstrates the researcher’s ability as a writer as well as a story teller.