Honors Projects


The primary goal of this “creative form” project was to arrange a piece for my senior recital that would be entertaining as well as serve an educational purpose for all involved. In this case, the piece was Song of the Lonely Mountain, the music of which is featured in the modern film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey based off of the popular novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Along with arranging and performing the piece itself, another goal was to recruit performers who had not necessarily played the instruments they would be assigned to in order to teach them new pedagogical aspects of the clarinet family. In order to execute this performance, oral and written communication were a critical aspect during the planning and rehearsing stages. This Honors Project not only demonstrates a satisfactory level of learning within the four privileged learning outcomes, I feel that the piece itself is executed in a creative and entertaining manner. It also demonstrates the culmination of learning throughout my undergraduate career by combining musical arranging, performance, clarinet pedagogy, critical thinking, and communication with a group of people in a successful manner.


Music Education

First Advisor

Mr. Kevin Schempf

First Advisor Department

Music Performance Studies

Second Advisor

Dr. Kenneth Thompson

Second Advisor Department

Music Education

Publication Date

Fall 2013

Song of the Lonely Mountain - Full Score.pdf (122 kB)
PDF of score

Song of the Lonely Mountain.m4a (7958 kB)
Recording of final performance