Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Music


School of Music

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Lias

Second Advisor

Dr. Courtney Carney

Third Advisor

Dr. Gregory Grabowski

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Jamie Weaver


All composers internalize the musical ideas of other composers and infuse them into their own original work. But the fear of being labeled “derivative” causes most composers to shy away from talking about these influences openly and directly. In Austin Kleon’s book, Steal Like an Artist, he faces the issues of influence and imitation in a deliberately self-aware fashion. The principal objective of this thesis will be to internalize the musical ideas of other composers and infuse them into an original musical work of my own, entitled Kyros. By articulating the exact way in which I am using the work of others, I will be demonstrating one of the most important and vulnerable acts in the creative process, which is attempting to create something unique, and serving as a real- world illustration of the concepts espoused in Kleon’s book.

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