Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Arts (MA)

Degree Name

Fine Arts (Integrated Arts and Education)

Department or School/College

Creative Pulse Program

Committee Chair

Karen Kaufmann

Commitee Members

Trisha Opstad


Educational Music, Conservation, Children's Music, Sea Blue Sea, Whizpops


University of Montana


The making of Sea Blue Sea began in August, 2013 with the creation of the album’s first song ‘Blue Whale’ and was completed in March, 2014. The project’s scope was broad, including a ten-track album about endangered marine wildlife. I researched endangered marine wildlife, including eleven endangered marine species were chosen as subjects for songs, I began the writing process. I wrote six songs with minimal outside assistance and collaborated with The Whizpops for the remainder of the ten tracks included on the album. We fundraised through a Kickstarter campaign. In order to do so, we created a short film which served as a tool to engage would-be supporters of the project. When we had raised the necessary funds, we recorded the songs and held a CD release party. The Whizpops and I experienced many expected and unforeseen challenges throughout this project, including financial obstacles, time constraints and philosophical differences. This paper illustrates ways in which we overcame those challenges to create music that we hope will inspire future generations of artists and conservationists!



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