Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Charles Eugene Wesley

Second Advisor

Mr. Marvin A. Lawson

Third Advisor

Ms. Evelyn Bowden


The purpose of the study was to determine the opinions of the public school band directors of Arkansas concerning the administration of the rated rend and its musical and educational value to the students and directors of bands. Various opinions exist concerning the desirable and undesirable aspects of such programs.

Harold C. Hind states:"There have been several arguments advanced against contesting, chief among them being the plea that time devoted to working up a test piece could be more profitably employed in improving the general repertoire of the band."

However, Hind later states: "Every band should make a point of contesting at one or more local contests every year, for competition acts as an incentive to hard work and also serves to show whether or not progress is being made."



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