Band Directors' Perceptions of Music Performance Adjudication
The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions and attitudes of band directors in the Northwest District of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association. The following research questions guided the study: (1) What are the perceptions and attitudes of band directors in the Northwest District toward the Music Performance Adjudication (MPA)? (2) What are the motivating factors for band directors in the Northwest District to attend MPA? (3) In what ways do band directors in the Northwest District utilize MPA to foster growth in their students? The researcher used a mixed-methods research design, employing an online survey that gathered data through a seven-point Likert-type scale and open-ended questions. The survey was distributed through email to members of the Northwest District Bandmasters Association of which 64% completed the survey (N = 75). Overall, participants believed MPA to be a trustworthy process, yet disagreed on the factors, such as band director choices or financial resources, affecting the results of MPA. Participants frequently reported the motivational effect of MPA on their students. Colleagues in music education were identified as the primary source of pressure to attend MPA. Several implications of the research are discussed, including the effect of director self-efficacy on MPA results and interpretations, the effect of MPA on curriculum, and the effect of outside sources of pressure on the perceived value of MPA.
Watson, Melanie. (May 2018). Band Directors' Perceptions of Music Performance Adjudication (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/6723.)
Watson, Melanie. Band Directors' Perceptions of Music Performance Adjudication. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, May 2018. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/6723. August 15, 2018.
Watson, Melanie, “Band Directors' Perceptions of Music Performance Adjudication” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, May 2018).
Watson, Melanie. Band Directors' Perceptions of Music Performance Adjudication [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; May 2018.
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