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Date of Graduation
Master of Music (MM)
School of Music
William M. Dabback
Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological study is to explore the use of informal music and Modern Band practices in the contexts of secondary music ensemble classrooms. Primary data collection was comprised of semi-structured interviews with teachers who used informal music learning practices and/or Modern Band programs at the secondary level. Results indicated that the inclusion of informal learning practices and/or Modern Band within the traditional music ensemble promotes the development of music individualism among students. Students and teachers together create environments that promote creativity, composition, and peer collaboration. Popular music and/or socially and culturally relevant genres are incorporated.
Harper, Melissa, "Making band class rock!: Incorporating modern band into a traditional band class" (2022). Masters Theses, 2020-current. 133.