Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Music Education

Degree Program

Music - Performance with a concentration in Jazz Performance, MM

Committee Chair

Fitzgerald, Christopher

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Wallace-Boaz, Krista

Committee Member

Wallace-Boaz, Krista

Committee Member

Wagmer, Craog

Author's Keywords

Backing tracks; play-along; iReal pro; learning strategies; learning engagement


The objective of this research is to discuss if the use of backing tracks/play-along materials can be an effective method for musical development. For this end, I interviewed six influential musicians who answered particular questions in order to have a better understanding about the real-world scenario of the use of backing track materials. Based on their answers, I found that the learning engagement and/or musical development happen when specific strategies while using such materials are made.