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date: 26 February 2021

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The first qualitative study examining American school band programs appeared in 1980 as an article in the Journal of Band Research that described the characteristics of five college band directors. Since that first study, approximately 50 published qualitative studies have addressed American school band programs. This chapter explores the qualitative band studies published as dissertations and journal articles from 1980 through 2011. The first part of this chapter, “Teaching Band,” presents findings related specifically to documenting band teaching practices, jazz band, teaching students with special needs, composition, band students’ learning, and band student perspectives. The second part of this chapter, “Beyond Teaching Band,” presents findings from studies that have explored broad facets of band programs such as the social aspects of band, gender, adult learners, histories, and the lives of band directors.

Keywords: band, social, gender, teaching practices, special learners, student perspectives, jazz, qualitative, dissertations, composition

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