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My thesis is finished!

Today I finished my master's thesis and submitted it for review.

It's a big relief that it's now done; at the same time, I can't help but feel a bit, well, nostalgic. I know it's time for me to move on, but this project has occupied my mind for a good while and it's grown to be a part of me.

My master's thesis is on educational guitar music.

Educational music and pedagogical composing have been largely neglected by studies so far, for some reason. I feel that they in fact present a very interesting field and certainly would deserve more attention even at the highest levels of study.

If I will ever have the opportunity to continue my own studies, I'm sure that I'll go on along the same path. It's not only captivating; it also has the added benefit of being directly applicable to my composing, as witnessed by this site.

What do you say?

In the future I plan to introduce material from my thesis in this blog. It would be very beneficial, not to mention extremely interesting, to hear from you! Do you know of any studies that have been done into this particular subject? What are your personal thoughts on the matter; what should composers of educational music strive for? What should they avoid? Please comment!

4 thoughts on “My thesis is finished!

  1. admin

    Hi Nathan! Are you referring to Shearer's Classic Guitar Foundations and Classic Guitar Developments? I don't have those books; it would be interesting to hear any thoughts on the new compositions included in them.

  2. Ilmari

    I've noticed that many students want to play some songs or pieces not originally written for guitar. Guitar seems to be an fascinating instrument for arrangements and arranging some popular pieces for guitar might work as a bait especially for younger students to carry on with practicing and spreading the joy of guitar music. Having noticed your skills at arranging pieces like Nessun dorma, it might pay off 🙂

    1. admin

      Thanks, Ilmari! As it happens, your comment is quite timely: I'm working on another arrangement at the moment 🙂 I'll probably post the video this week or the next.


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