Thesis Title

Do percussion students march to the beat of a different drummer?

Date of Graduation

Summer 2001

Degree

Master of Music

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Norma McClellan

Subject Categories

Music

Abstract

Problems with percussion sections in school band programs, including student behavior and discipline, boredom, and non-musical performances, have been the focus of research for several decades. Areas of concern and proposed solutions identified by researchers during the 1950's-1970's are compared with recent findings. Key concerns include the need for separate percussion instruction and reliable screening methods for potential percussionists. This study involved surveying 42 band directors from schools in south and central Missouri regarding opinions and experience with percussion students on scheduling, staffing, and student behavior. The survey results were consistent with earlier research in identifying continued problems. Analysis of data indicates that in school districts where suggestions of early researchers were being implemented, band directors noted a higher level of success and satisfaction with their percussion education program.

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© Philip V. Thomas

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