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ERIC Number: ED455175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Student Participation in Beginning Band Programs through the Use of Effective Recruiting Techniques.
Fischer, Bob; Hamburg, Dave
This study describes a recruiting method designed to increase the number of students involved in beginning band. The targeted population consisted of fifth and sixth grade students in a growing urban community in the Midwest. Evidence for the existence of the problem included numerical data and surveys. Analysis of probable causes was evidenced by data indicating many students were not involved following previous recruitment practices. Teachers reported apathy and lack of information as possible reasons for non-involvement. A review of suggested solution strategies combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the selection of three categories of intervention: communication of the recruiting process to involve student interest and parent involvement, use of peer modeling and relevant music arrangements to motivate students to enroll in the band program, and dissemination of information about and use of economic strategies designed to help students of all economic strata have an opportunity to participate in a beginning band program. The researchers based the interventions on the three major categories of communication, motivation, and economics. Communication was enhanced with meetings and letters before and after the instrument tryouts. Motivation was enhanced by increased exposure to enjoyable and familiar music performed by upper level groups. Economic solutions included low- or no-cost rentals from the school. Although the results of the intervention indicated a slight decrease in the percentage of students joining the program, classroom teachers indicated a possible reason for low participation may have been due to higher than normal percentage of "low achieving" students in the targeted class. (Contains 3 tables and 17 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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