Popular Commercial Music Across the Spectrum: From Electronic to Symphonic - A Freshman Survey of Music Composition
School of Music
Master of Arts in Music Education (MA)
Popular Commercial Music, Pop-Rock, Commercial Music, Ensembles, Freshman Survey, Curriculum
Pennise, David A., "Popular Commercial Music Across the Spectrum: From Electronic to Symphonic - A Freshman Survey of Music Composition" (2021). Masters Theses. 776.
There is a need in music composition for educators and administrators to implement concrete pedagogy to improve music composition as a profession that is recognized for its value and integrity. In this study, I addressed this need with a plan that focuses on curricular strategies to guide students in becoming successful artists and equip them to thrive in the increasingly popular commercial music industry. Students will maximize their academic development by applying compositional techniques from the common practice period and improve their chances of succeeding in modern music society by interacting with a harmonic grammar appropriate for commercial pop music.