Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri

Are High School Band Programs Missing The Mark? An Analysis of Band Repertoire in Relation to the National Core Arts Standards

The current practice of high school band programs favoring music selected from the “core repertoire” of modern compositions is not representative of a “…varied repertoire of music representing diverse cultures, styles, genres and historical periods” (NCAS, – standard MU:Pr6.1.E.IIa), creating a deficiency in opportunities for students to engage in the continuum of music in a historical and cultural context, which could be addressed by the creation of a Historical Band Repertoire resource.

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