Composition/Recording Projects

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2023


This paper will examine the use of strings (with an emphasis on the violin) in early Gospel music, contemporary Gospel music, and Contemporary Christian Music. The purpose of this research is to analyze the role of the violin and strings in these genres of music, while also analyzing the technical and melodic aspects of the instrument and music that are present within these specific genres, both historically and presently. Furthermore, the technical aspects and processes of production (writing and arranging, booking, creating, contracting, producing, and performing) will be explored and discussed. This project will Display and describe the use of string instruments (with an emphasis on the violin) in these genres of music Provide context throughout church music history showing the the contextual relationship between the development of church music and the development of the usage of string instruments Describe the processes of production and my role in each of these, including writing and arranging, contracting, booking, producing, and recording (playing). The culminating objective of this paper is to draw conclusions based on observations including similarities, differences, unique melodic and technical aspects used, growth and development of ideas throughout the history of these genres and of the violin and its utilization in these genres.

Major Mentor

Dr. Ryan Joseph, D.M.

Second Mentor

Lina Sheahan, M.A., M.L.S.

Third Mentor

Dr. Jeffrey Kirk, Ed.D.


Music, School of


Music and Performing Arts, College of

Document Type



Master of Music (MM)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University

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Composition Commons