Date of Award

Spring 2006

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Dan O'Reilly


There are many ways in which a musician grows and a lot of it has to do with age and experience, but for the moment I am going to focus on technical growth and musical growth. By technical growth, I mean breath support, speed, tone, articulation, and all the other aspects that go into the technical playing of any instrument. Musical growth is how someone communicates to the audience and how one decides to phrase a certain portion of the music. Technical growth is by far the easier of the two when it comes to training or trying to see rapid improvement. In order to grow musically I not only have to practice these things everyday, but I also have to dwell on and come up with answers to these very questions which I have been focusing on in this paper. "What do I want to communicate through my music, and why do I love music?" If I can't answer these questions then I will never be able to grow and develop into a mature musician.

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