The effects of director motivation techniques on middle and high school band students in Georgia
Simon, Samuel Heath
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The purposes of the study were to investigate factors that motivate students in grades 6-12 to study instrumental music and to identify motivation techniques employed by middle and high school band directors. Three main research questions guided the study: (1) What do students consider to be their motivations in pursuing instrumental music study? (2) Are these motivations intrinsic or extrinsic? (3) What techniques do directors use to motivate students, and with what results? Nineteen schools participated in the survey, yielding 891 student surveys and 19 director surveys. Student participants indicated that learning new music is the single greatest motivating factor. No single motivation technique was found to significantly impact student motivation, but student motivation levels tend to rise with the number of motivation techniques employed by the director.