Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Why High School Students Participate in Band
by Varner, Edward Lee, Ed.D., Concordia University Chicago, 2017, 127; 10640288
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine the factors that motivate high school students to participate in school band. The relationships between music education, academic success, and social engagement in school were explored. A survey questionnaire and interview questions were used to generate response data from 45 high school band members. Data were gathered, coded, and analyzed using qualitative survey and structured interview design techniques. A systematic approach was used to create a viable narrative that, when added to existing literature, provided a better understanding of the topic for those decision makers struggling to find justifications for how and why band is an important option for high school students. Findings from this study support earlier research and provide a strong case for the claim that many students are intellectually, emotionally, expressively, and musically nurtured by membership in school band. Stress relief was a powerful theme throughout student responses and many students indicated that band was an important place where they were able to build their strongest support relationships. The information acquired from this study provided insight into student perceptions about the value of band participation from environmental, behavioral, and cognitive viewpoints and highlighted the importance of band as a social and emotional support space where students are able to find sanctuary from the stressors of their lives.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rajan, Rekha
Commitee: Hauser, Christian, Kowalczyk, Jamie
School: Concordia University Chicago
Department: Educational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 79/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Educational leadership, Music education, Secondary education
Keywords: Band participation, Importance of school band, School band, Self and band, Social and emotional learning, Stress relief for students
Publication Number: 10640288
ISBN: 978-0-355-67285-5
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