Date of Award

Fall 10-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education (MME)



First Advisor

Ryan Curtis

Second Advisor

Katherine Herrell

Third Advisor

Gary Brandes


This project asks how percussion student engagement might be optimized through the integration of a blended course format. Using the “practical action research” methodology, various strategies for increasing student engagement were researched and implemented. The research focused on three components of student engagement, including: 1.) cognitive investment, 2.) active participation, and 3.) emotional commitment. As a result, an innovative percussion curriculum was created which provided significantly increased opportunity for teachers to focus on these factors by utilizing a blended model of instruction.