Student Research

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The following master's theses have been completed by students in the MA in Popular Music & Culture program to date.

( Note: hyperlinks are included for theses that were submitted to Scholarship@Western and are now available through Western's Electronic Theses & Dissertation Repository. Those without hyperlinks are not currently available through the e-repository).

Titles

Canosa, Sandra. Girls, Rock Your Boys: Female Tribute Acts and the Reclamation of Rock.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, August 2016
Supervisor: Norma Coates
Keron, Catherine. Establishing Female Resistance as Tradition in Country Music: Towards a More Refined Discouse.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, August 2016
Supervisor: Norma Coates
Morley, Briana. Not In "Isolation": Joy Division and Cultural Collaborators in Popular Music.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, August 2016
Supervisor: Keir Keightley
Hawkins, Grant. "Whatever I Want:" Death Grips, Disobedience and the Music Industries.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2016
Supervisor: Matt Stahl
Enns, Mackenzie Abraham. Game Scoring: Towards a Broader Theory.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2015
Supervisor: Jay Hodgson
Dineley, Sean. Covers Uncovered: A History of the "Cover Version," from Bing Crosby to the Flaming Lips.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, June 2014
Supervisor: Keir Keightley
Hamel, Danielle. The Halifax Pop Explosion: Music Scenes, Sloan, And The Case For A Halifax Sound.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, December 2013
Supervisor: Norma Coates
Allen, Samuel Charles. Treasuries of Subcultural Capital: Three Indie Institutions in the London, Ontario Independent-Music Scene.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, August 2013
Supervisor: Keir Keightley
Fowle, Kyle. Scary Monsters and Pervasive Slights: Genre Construction, Mainstreaming, and Processes of Authentication and Gendered Discourse in Dubstep.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2013
Supervisor: Keir Keightley
Mcleish, Claire. "The Future is Medieval": Orality and Musical Borrowing in the Middle Ages and Online Remix Culture.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2013
Supervisor: Norma Coates
White, Christopher. "Rap is easy, career is the hard part:" Analyzing success, longevity and failure within the framework of the hip-hop career.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, October 2012
Supervisor: Keir Keightley
Shelvock, Matt. Audio Mastering as Musical Practice.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, May 2012
Supervisor: Jay Hodgson
Collins, Mark. Delay and Modulation Processing as Musical Technique in Rock.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2011
Supervisor: Robert Toft
Francis, Meghan Ruth. "I'm your biggest fan (I'll follow you until you love me)": social networking sites, fans, and affect.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2011
Supervisor: Norma Coates
Coverdale, Kara-Lis. Sound, rhetoric, and the fallacy of fidelity in recorded popular music: toward a critical approach to timbral analysis.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2010
Supervisor: Norma Coates
Lewis, Amanda. Towards a model for analysis of microphone practice on rock recordings.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, April 2010
Supervisor: Jay Hodgson
Cwynar, Christopher. Making Canadian music, or making music 'Canadian'? : a critique of Canadian popular music culture during the Rock Era.
Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture, December 2009
Supervisor: Keir Keightley






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