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date: 30 March 2020

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Whereas musicians may be driven by an intrinsic desire for musical growth, self-determination theory suggests this drive must also be sustained and nurtured by the social environment. Integrating the theoretical frameworks of self-determination theory and social network analysis, the chapter investigates the relationship between participatory motivation and social networks in a collegiate marching band. This study documents that members are predominantly self-determined to participate and are particularly motivated for social reasons. Highly intrinsically motivated members are more integrated into the band’s friendship and advice networks and tend to be motivated by the value that other band members ascribe to the activity. This suggests these members are internalizing those values and seeking others with similar viewpoints. The findings highlight the centrality of the social experience in the band for individual’s motivation to participate in music making and leisure and have implications for sustaining and promoting motivation and well-being in musical ensembles.

Keywords: marching band, self-determination theory, motivation, social network analysis

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