Date of Award

Spring 5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music Education



First Advisor

Ryan Curtis

Second Advisor

Dr. Katherine Herrell

Third Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Barudin


This project provides an in-depth look into system of instruction that is used in many beginning ba.11d classes in our society. First, tl1e \\'Ork. describes a fe\v of the isst1es that music education faces today, such as budget cuts, declining music literacy, and program changes in schools. Next, the work examines the literature based around the subject of beginning band methodology. This will include a look into new methods that can be used in begiiming band classes, an examination of the proper way to create sound on common band instruments, ways in which music reading skills and audiation skills are acquired, and the relevance of the 2014 Music Standards on band classes. Once a firm grasp of what should be taught to beginning band students is established, the work moves to examine commonly used beginning band method books to determine the strengths and weaknesses of each. Areas that are deemed weak in comparison to the criteria are then reinforced with new methods to cover said topic. At the conclusion, an assortment of band exercises will be included for use in supplementing any of the three examined method books.