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- ItemQueering virtual space(Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of New Media, 2022) Velaskar, Nayan; University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Fine Arts; Sirbu, DanielaQueering Virtual Space is a project which visualizes architectural and natural environments using virtual reality software. In this thesis, I present my research on the transference of traditional media as queering artifacts into virtual space. Displayed from a first-person perspective, the thesis sets the narrative of established, normative, architectural zones in virtual space and subsequently finds ways to come to terms with their inevitable collapse from a queer, ludic perspective.
- ItemWhacky Wizards: designing and assessing an online interactive program for elementary music education(Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Music, 2022) Brooks, Leonard Garth; University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Fine Arts; Boenn, Georg; Steed, MarloMusic, a subject once taught almost exclusively by specialists, is increasingly the responsibility of generalist teachers at the elementary level. This research documents the development, creation, and implementation of Whacky Wizards (a web-based program featuring interactive software and other resources) to help these teachers integrate music instruction in their classrooms using Boomwhackers® percussion tubes. This thesis identifies 16 key barriers and needs faced by generalist teachers regarding music instruction and revisits these barriers and needs to outline the design rationales and objectives of the Whacky Wizards program. In 2021 the program was implemented by 24 teachers in Southern Alberta for a 10-week field test. The researcher collected data from pre- and post-test interviews and online feedback forms completed by these teachers. Findings demonstrate that the program shows promise in addressing the aforementioned barriers and needs, particularly regarding increasing participants' confidence and competence (self-efficacy) towards infusing music instruction in their classrooms.
- ItemAn interdisciplinary analysis of popular music genres in the recording studio and billboard charts(Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Music, 2021) McDermott, Courtney; Hughes, BrynHow do music production techniques play a role in establishing popular music genres? My research illustrates how genres exhibit distinctive sounds and audio production qualities. My findings are based on two case studies: (1) a case study concerning a band known as The Sweet Boys; and (2) a case study involving genre classification in the Western music industry using the Billboard charts. In the Sweet Boys case study, I present evidence of the interconnectedness between genre classification, sociology, music theory, and audio production. In the Billboard case study, I highlight that the use of music information retrieval systems (MIRs) leads to artist saturation, blurred genre boundaries, and the reproduction of gender inequities. I conclude with interviews from professionals working with MIRs. Interviewees support the need to improve genre-based MIRs with the addition of audio features that successfully convey distinct sonic aesthetics of audio production techniques used in Western popular music.
- ItemBridging dualities: the piano pedagogy of Marie Jaëll (1846-1925)(Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Music, 2021) Letourneau, Carmen R.; Oye, DeannaMarie Jaëll (1846-1925), pianist, composer, and pedagogue, was a brilliant figure at the close of the nineteenth century, although she fell into relative obscurity in the twentieth. She is best known for her piano pedagogy, in which she set out to transform the study of piano using rational principles and empirical analysis. She stands at a major turning point between the pedagogy of the nineteenth century and modern pianism. In this thesis, I discuss Jaëll’s innovative divergence from tradition, placing her method and theories in the context of the development of piano pedagogy. In her search to understand and explain the underlying principles of piano playing, she brought scientific reasoning and experimentation into the realm of art. In her attempts to reconcile personal experience and observation with scientific theories, she stepped outside of traditional models of learning and teaching piano.
- ItemNow frontier(Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of New Media, 2020) Sylvestre, Michelle; Elias, Leanne; Fredrickson, DentonNow Frontier is an MFA Thesis exhibition that explores the tension between craft and contemporary digital technology as manifested in wearable technologies. Through research and creative production I investigate and problematize binary oppositions often associated with craft and contemporary digital technologies. Casting myself as a central character – time traveller and mad scientist – in these works allows me to interrogate and construct a Time Machine Suit utilizing electronics, craft materials, and my own labour in ways that narrate both an autobiographical and speculative futures.