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Browning, Birch

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Music -- Instruction and study -- United States, Bands (Music) -- United States, Community band, Music education


Community bands in the United States have increased in numbers since the late twentieth century. At the same time, music education in American schools has remained strong even with the serious funding issues that face many music programs in nearly every state. The purpose of this study was to find what impact American community bands have on music education. Eight directors/executive directors from eight community bands were interviewed with 37 questions. It was determined that the impact that American community bands have on music education is positive and far reaching but that more could be done with further research to discover the best and most effective ways to strengthen the relationship between these two important components in American culture

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