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Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

Department

School of Music

Abstract

Literature, websites, and research abound with statistics that support the non-musical benefits of a musical education. Among these non-musical benefits are skills and habits that are the subject of a similar number of business management materials, public speakers, and business-centered books devoted to developing and demonstrating personal leadership. Research concerning the process for developing these in the public schools is limited, and in regard to music programs, even more rare. A need for this information is reinforced by professional organizations and agencies that insist upon a society with these skills. The purpose of this study in particular was to describe the characteristics and extent of student leadership skill development within Virginia high school band programs. The supporting research questions attempted to determine how directors define, select, and develop student leadership, what they perceive the benefits and challenges to be and how responses differ with respect to demographic variables. To answer these research questions an online survey was created that was piloted then sent to high school band directors that were members of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. Results not only succeeded in describing leadership structures within these programs but found that band directors overwhelmingly agreed on the importance of developing leadership skills in their programs.

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