Why Am I In Band?

Why Am I In BandIn a descriptive study using Likert scale statements, a cluster sample large Midwest high school band was surveyed to determine the factors that influenced member decisions to be in marching band. In addition to the intrinsic music value, this study considers non-music variables such as middle and high school teachers, competition, social factors, student, teacher and community support, competition from sports and after school programs, scheduling and class rank issues, and financial issues, such as pay to play and jobs. The significant results were that, although students enjoyed playing their instruments, and that 70% desired to study privately, they were in band because they enjoyed it and did not consider sports, academics, after school activities or jobs to be major conflicts. They rated their ensembles highly and claimed band is fun, seemingly without considering competitive success as a major factor.

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