Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Thomas Barry


The effect of a great musical performance defies description. It is brilliant and memorable, a unique and influential moment in time. But how does a musician achieve this level of performance? What is it that makes any performance special? There are no simple answers, but as musicians we are constantly exploring, trying to find some answers through trial and error. It is this exploration, and the lessons we learn along the way, that make music meaningful and unique to each performer.

The life of a musician would be much easier if one could answer the question, "How does one perform music well?" But reality would have it that there is no simple answer, and any amount of academic research is of little use without first searching within one's self to find out what it is that makes him or her a great musician and performer. The following is a discussion of my own explorations and lessons learned as an exploring musician. Specifically, the process of preparing a classical saxophone recital, with the overall goal being to present music, sound that moves and changes the lives of those listening.

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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