The Double Reed Project: Recruitment, Instruction, and Retainment of Double Reed Instrumentalists at the 6th - 12th Grade Level
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Music Undergraduate Research Theses; 2019
The purpose of this study was to better understand how double reed instrumentalists are recruited, instructed, and retained within the scheme of public-school instrumental music programs. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with high school band directors. These directors were individuals who worked at schools with successful double reed programs within their overall band programs. Participants described the structure of their programs and individual approaches to double reed recruitment, instruction, and retainment. Interview data suggests that a number of factors influenced success among these programs including private lessons, the personality of the double reed players, and teacher encouragement and comfortability with double reed instruments. Interviews also revealed challenges that educators face such as knowledge of instrument specific pedagogy, bassoon and oboe reeds, and the nature of wind band repertoire, especially with respect to the bassoon.
Academic Major: Music - Education
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