Date of Award

Summer 8-17-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Music


School of Music

First Advisor

Dr. David Campo

Second Advisor

Dr. Stephen Lias

Third Advisor

Dr. Tamey Anglley

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Barbara Qualls


Music holds a sacred place for the many Native American tribes of the United States. Over the past 150 years, ethnomusicologists Dr. Theodore Baker (1851-1934), Dr. Frances Densmore (1867-1957), and John Donald Robb (1892-1989) have preserved these songs by sitting down with indigenous Native Americans and recording their music straight from the source. Through these recordings, these ethnomusicologists created a springboard for composers, including myself, to study the past and create new music that honors the traditions and culture of Native Americans. I have applied my new knowledge of these musical techniques and traditions to create a work for wind ensemble that adds harmony and thematic development to timeless Native American melodies and captures the spirit of their esteemed culture. A formal analysis of the musical themes and melodies used in creating “Native American Folk Song Suite” accompany this score, as well as a discussion on various Native American musical characteristics.

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Movement I Song of Welcome.mp3 (5991 kB)
Mvt. I: Song of Welcome

Movement II Rain Dance.mp3 (6006 kB)
Mvt. II: Rain Dance

Movement III Lullaby.mp3 (6158 kB)
Mvt. III: Lullaby

Movement IV War Whoop.mp3 (9277 kB)
Mvt. IV: War Whoop



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