ERIC Number: ED170234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Community/Junior Colleges in the United States to Determine the Extent of Interest and Development of Band Programs Involving Area Adults. American School Band Directors' Association, Research Committee Reports for the Annual Convention (24th, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1976).
American School Band Directors Association, Newark, OH.
Research to determine the extent of community/junior college band programs and the factors leading to the success or termination of these programs are examined. All schools in the 1973 directory of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges were surveyed. Three different questionnaires were designed for and answered by schools with an operative band program, those which previously but not presently had a program, and schools which had never operated a band program. Results from the 53 schools with a band program indicated that enthusiasm of the band members and competency of the director rank far ahead of any other success factors. Other significantly ranked factors included quality music, competency of musicians, and excellence of performance. The nine schools which had discontinued their band program listed lack of student interest as the greatest factor. The need for musicians, a capable director, and financial support were listed as resources necessary for re-establishment of a program. Of the 142 community/junior colleges without a program, 25% indicated interest in sponsoring one. These schools listed musicians and finances as necessary resources. These results demonstrate that the emphases at schools with successful bands are on intangible factors of enthusiasm and dynamic musicians and director, while schools without a program emphasize tangible factors. Conclusions are that schools without band programs could benefit by examining the success factors of those with programs. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American School Band Directors Association, Newark, OH.