Title

A Study of Selected Characteristics of Mississippi High School Bands and Band Festival Ratings

Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Music

First Advisor

Jennifer Shank

Advisor Department

Music

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the relationship of selected characteristics of Mississippi high school band directors, teaching practices, school, students, and band administration to their average State Band Festival ratings from years 2003 through 2006. The characteristic selected to be studied were divided into five categories: (a) Band Director Background, (b) Concert Band Teaching Practices, (c) Marching Band Teaching Practices, (d) School and Student Data, and (e) Band Administration. Initially, the study consisted of 126 characteristics or predictor variables. However, after using the Pearson product-moment correlation to determine which characteristics were significant predictors of the dependent variables "average overall festival rating," "average concert rating," "average sight reading rating," and "average marching rating," the characteristics were reduced. The remaining significant characteristics were entered into multiple regression analyses to answer the following questions posed in this study: (1) which of the subscale groups of the characteristics selected to be studied is the most significant predictor of the average overall festival rating group of each band, (2) which combination of selected characteristics is the most significant predictor of the average overall festival rating group of each band, (3) which combination of the selected characteristics is the most significant predictor of the average concert rating given to each band, (4) which combination of the selected characteristics is the most significant predictor of the average sight reading rating given to each band, and (5) which combination of the selected characteristics is the most significant predictor of the average marching rating given to each band. Based on the selected significant characteristics for question one, the stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed the subscale group "School and Student Data" was the most significant predictor (p<.01) of the dependent variable "average overall festival rating." Based on the selected significant characteristics for the remaining questions, the backward multiple regression analysis was used to determine the most significant predictors of each dependent variable. The multiple regression analysis for question two produced eighteen models (p<.01), question three produced fifteen models (p<.01), question four produced seventeen models (p<.01), and question five produced 21 models (p<.01).