Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Music



First Advisor

Alan L. Spurgeon

Second Advisor

Kevin Herrera

Third Advisor

George Dor

Relational Format



Abstract: this study documents Jane Frazee's career as a teacher, an administrator, and an author. The aim is to survey her contributions to music education and Orff Schulwerk in the United States from 1960 to 2015. The methodology includes email correspondences with Frazee, as well as interviews and email correspondences with her former students and colleagues. Relevant books, journal articles, master's theses, and dissertations were also reviewed. Jane Frazee is an American Orff teacher, author, and a pioneer member and past-president of the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA). She has taught music to both children and adults using the Orff approach for over fifty years. Frazee has been a presenter at workshops, clinics, and conferences throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Her essays and articles have been published in prestigious professional journals. The dissertation comprises six chapters, a bibliography, and appendices. Chapter one presents an introduction, statement of purpose, research questions, methodology, and limitations. Chapter two examines the related literature. Chapter three is an overview of Frazee's early life, training, influential individuals, and her teaching of children and adults. Additionally, her work with AOSA was summarized. Chapter four discusses her role in the founding and administration of Orff certification and graduate programs in music education in Minnesota. Chapter five explores Frazee's role as an author and the influences of her publications in the United States. Lastly, chapter six summarizes the findings, the author's concluding thoughts, and suggestions for future research. The appendices consist of: a) a chronology of Frazee's life and career, b) Frazee's publications, c) a letter from Dr. Doug Orzolek, d) the interview questions, and e) the keynote presenters of the Jane Frazee distinguished scholar/artist seminar from 1990 to 2015. Keywords: Jane Frazee, music education, Orff Schulwerk, American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), teacher, administrator, author


Emphasis: Music Education



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