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Open Access Students' Perceptions of Band Directors' Evaluations of Musical Quality

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The purpose of this study was to investigate students' perceptions of band directors' evaluations of musical quality. Based on previous research, it was hypothesized that if students believed that their band director expressed an evaluation of the quality of music being performed, those students would make similar evaluations. Answers to the following questions were sought: (a) To what extent, if any, do students believe that their band director expresses evaluations of musical quality, (b) what statements or actions by band directors do students perceive as evaluations of musical quality, (c) are band director's evaluations of musical quality important to students, and (d) what is the relationship between students' predictions of their band directors' evaluation and their own evaluations?

Subjects (N=100) for this study were enrolled in three concert bands in Pennsylvania. The subjects completed a researcher-designed survey constructed to measure the subjects' evaluation of compositions they were currently performing and their opinion of their band directors' evaluations.

The findings revealed that the majority of students (a) believed that their band director did express evaluations of musical quality, (b) listed at least one way their director expressed evaluations of musical quality, and (c) reported that their band director's evaluations about musical quality were important to them. In addition, a positive correlation (r = 0.5430) between the students' ranking of musical quality and the students' predictions of their director's rankings was found.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2005

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