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Sanderson, D. N. (2014). Music class offerings beyond bands, choirs, and orchestras in Nebraska high schools (Master's thesis). University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Music, Major: Musi,c Under the Supervision of Professor Rhonda Fuelberth. Lincoln, Nebraska: September, 2014

Copyright (c) 2014 Dave N. Sanderson


As school music programs in the US evolve and adapt to changing demographics, the types of music courses offered have expanded as well. Today, schools offer more courses in music than just bands, choirs, and orchestras. Music appreciation courses, music technology courses, music theory courses, guitar classes, piano classes, and music composition classes are just a few of the types of music classes that can also be found in American high schools. While high school music class options are becoming more diversified, there has been little research done to profile what kinds of music classes are being offered in schools and how prevalent various music courses are. This thesis sought to describe and profile current music classes that fall outside of band, choral, and orchestral music offerings being taught in high schools, and to describe the experiences of music teachers who’ve developed such music classes within the state of Nebraska.

Advisor: Rhonda Fuelberth