Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Michelle Swanson


The purpose of this thesis was to find musical trends that exist within popular Contemporary Christian Music, and to compose an original song reflecting those musical trends. After reviewing the literature on the subject of Contemporary Christian Music, it was clear that there has not been a lot of research done concerning the musical analysis of this style. Recently however, there have been two studies related to CCM or music analysis, including a dissertation that specifically studied the lyrical perspective of CCM, and an online musical analysis of Billboard's top 100 (Yago, 2011; Carlton, 2012). This thesis served to combine the ideas of these two recent studies, with both a research and creative component.

Year of Submission



School of Music

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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