Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education



First Advisor

Dr. Katherine Herrell

Second Advisor

Mrs. Pamela Grooms

Third Advisor

Dr. Ryan Curtis


This project focused on identifying and resolving fears associated with teaching improvisation in the general music classroom. The primary focus was on music educators and providing them with reassurance, reasoning, and plans on how to begin the process of teaching improvisation and follow through so that it is a well-developed initiative that will be built upon and utilized for years to come. This project demonstrated plans for an entire year of 5th grade general music instruction and provided a curriculum map, lesson plans, rubrics, and a manual of explanation for the lessons and activities.