Access to music education: Nebraska band directors' experiences and attitudes regarding students with physical disabilities

David Nabb, Emily Balcetis

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Abstract

Students with physical disabilities frequently are excluded from participation in instrumental music programs, yet the obstacles band directors face that preclude integration of these students have not been documented systematically. The primary purpose of this study was to measure Nebraska High School band directors' concerns regarding the integration of students with physical disabilities into their band programs. Results of a survey of 221 Nebraska high school music programs suggested that awareness of options for ways to include students with physical disabilities, availability of adapted instruments, and the cost of acquiring such instruments are among band directors' primary concerns. Conclusions drawn from this survey serve as evidence that there is a need for adapted instruments and suggest that integration of students with disabilities and without disabilities in band would provide benefits for all.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-319
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Access to music education
  • Adapted musical instrument
  • Assistive technology
  • Disability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music

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