Title

Developing a Computer Database That Will Determine the Suitability of Band Compositions For Specific School Bands

Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Thomas V. Fraschillo

Advisor Department

Music

Abstract

This study produced a band director's resource to choose music that is appropriate for the abilities of members of a band. The main component is a computer database for the band works included in the study, into which the difficulty level of the various parts will be entered. Before using this data, a band director must assess the ability of each section in a band, then search the database for works that are playable by that group with regard for its specific mixture of abilities.