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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Rob Ventura

Second Advisor

Rab McClure


The focus of this project is to provide a musical hub for the learning, practice, and performance of music for students ages 10-18 in order to cultivate trust and education in the community. This project examines the role music plays as a vital part of our communities and city resources. The communities we live in should not only supply opportunities for the music but support the music. Support of the music can allow cultural learning in the community and create a new pattern of education between parent and child. Just as most school systems support the learning of math and science, an emphasis should also be placed on the arts for educational, societal, and individual life success as the benefits are numerous.

This project looks to provide a centralized space where a relationship between music and young people can be cultivated and expressed. Many public schools have small facilities, but a large center could provide a hub for musical activities for the local community.


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