Date of Award
Master of Music Education (MME)
Dr. Russel Jones
Dr. Jim Clanton
Dr. Kenny McDougle
PERCUSSION INSTRUCTION IN BEGINNING BAND
FOR PROGRAMS WITH A SINGLE TEACHER
An Abstract of the Thesis by
Micah A. Martin
The primary purpose of this study was to find the best methods for developing students into total percussionists in beginning band programs with only one band director on staff. A total percussionist is defined as one who is capable of playing keyboard percussion, snare drum, timpani, and the accessory instruments. The study consists of a survey to assess individual approaches to percussion instruction in beginning band.
A questionnaire was developed using Google Forms and a link was emailed to band directors in Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. A link was also posted on the Facebook pages of the Southwest Missouri Music Educators Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association.
Most of the respondents start percussion along with the other band students on both snare drum and keyboard percussion in the sixth grade. About four-fifths of them do not meet with percussionists for rehearsals or lessons outside of class. Around two-thirds indicated that their percussionists do not take lessons outside of school. Over half of them are able to meet class daily. Over half meet at least ninety minutes per week. However, many of the directors believe that they need more time for beginning band, and especially percussion.
Martin, Micah A., "PERCUSSION INSTRUCTION IN BEGINNING BAND FOR PROGRAMS WITH A SINGLE TEACHER" (2017). Electronic Thesis Collection. 213.