Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

John Gilchrist Elliott

First Committee Member

J. Russell Bodley

Second Committee Member

William D. Coder


If America wishes to see the day when good music drama shall become her best and at the same time her most popular form of entertainment she must investigate the condition of music-drama as it is at present and then decide upon a future method of action to improve that condition.

In a small way, that may be blazing the trail, I have set about to follow the above suggestions. l have made an investigation of music-drama in America, with particular emphasis on music-drama in the colleges and the universities and, as a result, have a definite suggestion to make for a future method or action -- namely: the addition of a good course in applied music-drama to the curriculum of every four-year liberal arts college and university (there are some six hundred and forty-six of them) in the United States.





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