An Investigation of Parental Attitudes and Perceptions of Current Band Recruiting Practices

December 13, 2010 / By: Heather LeVesseur

The problem of this theoretical study was to investigate the attitudes and perceptions held by parents as they decide whether to enroll their child into a beginning band program.  The areas of study included why children should study music; the benefits and arguments related to participation in instrumental music; parental experience in music; adequate presentation of information; parent perception of their child’s musical ability; student time commitments; music as an academic pursuit; and the expense associated with joining band. 

Results of the study suggest that parents of band members have a more positive, realistic and knowledgeable view of the beginning band process and the benefits that can be gained from instrumental music.  In contrast, parents of non-players view the process as difficult, frustrating, and do not understand the benefits that can be gained.  This indicates that an effective recruiting strategy would first excite and entice the students, but would then need to educate their parents as to the benefits of participation and their role in supporting their child’s musical endeavors.