Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Alvin Wardle


The pursuit of musical excellence is the goal of the professional music educator. The author believes that the intensive study afforded to him by the graduate program was one way in which he could improve his teaching techniques.

In addition to preparing a graduate recital. the author wanted to experience the personal growth and satisfaction of composing music. He felt that the area of composition could offer many insights which would lead to a more complete musical understanding. The graduate program also offered advanced courses in the psychology of teaching and the philosophy of education, which the author hoped would increase his understanding of the role of a teacher.

With these goals in mind. the author chose to take his degree in the field of music education. The author believed that the pursuit of an advanced degree would enable him to become a more proficient and capable music educator.