A study of first-year students within The Ohio State University and the factors influencing nonparticipation in band programs at the collegiate level

by Stewart, Michael John

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this study was to identify factors among first-year students influencing nonparticipation in collegiate band programs at The Ohio State University. This study arose from four primary concerns: 1) a need for a study focusing on the retention of non-music major band members from high school to college; 2) a need for a review and update of previous studies focusing on retention of band students from high school to college; 3) a need for a study of this nature to focus specifically on an individual large university; and 4) a need to provide data intended to improve recruiting techniques for large college band programs. Distribution and collection of a survey questionnaire was accomplished through two methods: 1) direct distribution of the questionnaire in selected classes and 2) electronic mail distribution with information provided from the SAT/ACT Interest Inventory. The total sample population for the study was 280 (n = 280) first-year students. Descriptive statistics were developed in the examination and presentation of the data. Results from the survey indicated the variable most influential to nonparticipation in bands at The Ohio State University was the perceived time commitment thought to be inherent from participation in a college band program. Of equal importance was the fact that 83.6% of respondents had made the decision not to participate in bands at The Ohio State University prior to enrollment into the university. Data suggest a first-year student’s decision not to participate in bands was influenced by factors such as: a) time conflict with other courses; b) an overall declining interest in band; c) concerns about academic course load; d) musical proficiency; e) fear of auditioning; f) lack of information about the college band program; and g) negative high school band experiences. Data provided did not find a relationship between nonparticipation and: a) reputation of the college band conductor, and b) advice from college academic advisors, high school counselors, parents, and high school band director(s). College band directors should continue to increase communication with high school band directors and potential students, focusing specifically on benefits to non-music majors, audition requirements and time commitments.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The Ohio State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:nonparticipation participation band college instrumental music recruiting retention the ohio state university first year freshmen


Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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