Date of Award

Spring 3-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education (MME)



First Advisor

Dr. Ryan Curtis

Second Advisor

Dr. Katherine Herrell

Third Advisor

Dr. Matthew Hoormann


This project focuses on how to facilitate a more efficient beginning band experience for students based on the average state of cognitive development for their age group. The primary focus is presenting an alternative to immediately starting students in a traditional band method book when they first begin band classes. The aim of the project is to study the cognitive development of the average sixth grader to best determine what instructional approach would best suit their processing abilities before introducing the band method book. Furthermore, the study exposes the fallacies of the traditional band method book system and suggests and alternative start to beginning band to prepare students musically for a delayed entry to the method book.