ERIC Number: ED329394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-14
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Appalachian Band Directors' Academic Preparation/Musical Preparation, Facilities, Monetary Resources, and Methods of Student Evaluation, and Their Students' Musical Independence.
Bobbett, Gordon C.
Six band directors and three assistant directors from "good" rural schools in Kentucky and Tennessee participated in a study designed to investigate: (1) the influence of the band directors' musical and academic background on their band program's musical independence; (2) the band's facilities and sources of revenue; (3) the musical independence of the students, assistants, and head band directors; (4) the influence of the director's grading procedures on the student's musical independence; and (5) the relationship between demographic data and the band directors' and students' musical independence. The Band Director Survey gathered information on the director's preparation and musical activities, band students, budget, facilities, and student evaluation. Colwells' Musical Achievement Test 3 (MAT3) assessed the musical independence of head band directors, assistant band directors, and their high school students. The MAT3 data of rural Appalachian students and band directors were compared to findings in prior studies of high school and college students in Tennessee. The conclusions are: (1) head band directors do not promote individual musical growth for themselves; (2) head band directors need to manage fund-raising; (3) the nature of student participation the high school band suggests that outside performances and marching band are an important school public relations activity; (4) band facilities are marginally adequate; (5) head directors may not emphasize development of musical independence among students; and (6) educational administrators might hire good organizers, but not good musicians. (KS)
Descriptors: Bands (Music), High Schools, Music Education, Music Facilities, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Student Characteristics, Teacher Evaluation
Appalachia Educational Laboratory, 1031 Quarrier Street, P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Band Directors
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Education Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 14, 1990).