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The purpose of this preliminary study was to investigate the values music educators apply to the selection of wind band literature. Specifically, the purpose was to examine twelve classified objective elements of quality and suitability in the wind band field that influence the selection of literature. Participants (n = 237) were selected from educators teaching middle school, high school, or both in the state of Florida during the 2004-2005 academic year. Participants (n = 237) were stratified by level of education, level of instruction, and years taught in career categories to determine subjective elements influence the selection of literature. Twelve perceptible elements, six elements of quality and six elements of suitability, were selected for their relevance when used to determine appropriate literature including instrumentation, the experience level of an ensemble, utilitarian purposes, and external influences. Data were collected in an online survey. The Survey on the Selection of Wind Literature had four sections. The first section was the rating of the twelve objective elements on an individual basis measuring their importance in the selection process using a Likert-type scale. The second section was the ranking of the twelve elements considered as a group to determine their overall relative importance in the selection process. The third section posed several demographic questions. The final section posed three open-ended questions that were optional as disclosed in the email requesting participation in the survey. In both the rating and ranking sections, three elements, experience level of ensemble, instrumentation of your ensemble, and amount of available rehearsal time, in that order, remained the highest in all analyses of the data. In general, the elements of suitability were rated and ranked consistently higher than the elements of quality. The results of the study suggest that elements of suitability are considered more important than elements of quality when selecting literature. Recommendations for future research and implications for music education are discussed.
Wind Conductors, Band, Wind Band, Public School, Selection Criteria Literature Selection Literature Ratings Rankings, Band Conductors, Conductors, Literature Selection Criteria
Date of Defense
August 2, 2005.
A Dissertation submitted to the College of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Patrick Dunnigan, Professor Directing Dissertation; James Mathes, Outside Committee Member; Clifford K. Madsen, Committee Member; John M. Geringer, Committee Member; Paul Ebbers, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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