COMPARING THE REHEARSAL PREPARATION PRACTICES BETWEEN EXPERIENCED AND NOVICE BAND DIRECTORS
Still, Kevin Michael
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Much of the current research literature on rehearsal preparation practices focuses primarily on score study. While score study is important for productive rehearsals, other rehearsal preparation methods should be considered. The purpose of this study is to investigate the rehearsal preparation practices of middle school and high band directors and to determine if experience affects rehearsal preparation methods and practices. Four band directors participated in one-on-one interviews to discuss their rehearsal preparation methods and thought processes. Through coding the interview transcripts and cross comparing, the researcher found four themes common among the participants: 1) Rehearsal Preparation Practices; 2) Instructional Practices; 3) Learning and Development; and 4) Reflection of Early Teaching. The interviews revealed similarities between directors of shared experience. Experienced directors were focused on designing their rehearsals around building skills sets, while inexperienced directors were focused on designing rehearsals around address performance problems in their musical literature. It is hoped this study will inform practicing band directors and music educators about how experience affects rehearsal preparation.