Michelle Klima

 Michelle Klima
Mentor: Dr. Edward Schaefer
College of Fine Arts
"I relish the opportunity to become more informed and educated on topics I am interested in with the hope of furthering myself as a person and the fields in which I study. With the help of various mentors, I have been given exciting research opportunities and look forward to furthering my understanding of the music of the Church."


Music Education Choral/Keyboard



Research Interests

  • Gregorian Chant
  • Sacred and Liturgical Music
  • Organ Literature

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • Florida Bright Futures
  • American Guild of Organists Student Scholarship Recipient


  • American Guild of Organists
  • Church Music Association of America
  • National Association for Music Education


  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Writing
  • Cooking
  • Fashion
  • Social Media

Research Description

The Solesmes and Semiological Methods of Chant Interpretation: A Comparison as a Basis for Continuity
Before music notation was invented, monks held a vast repertoire of chants in their memory. The earliest notation systems did not indicate the spatial relationship between notes, as these systems assumed familiarity with the oral tradition. However, these systems provide an abundance of information regarding the interpretation of the music, especially with regard to rhythmic nuances and agogic accents. As time progressed, notational systems began to sacrifice these rhythmic and interpretive signs in order to gain more pitch accuracy. Schools of thought have risen between differing ideas of the interpretation of the chants, most notably the Solesmes and Semiological methods, but no one has done a thorough comparison of these two systems. Therefore, this research project begins with the hypothesis that there are significant but undocumented similarities between the two interpretative systems. Once proficient in both methods, an experiment will be devised to compare and document the similarities and differences among these systems in order to determine instances of continuity as well as discontinuity.