Why are our bands so white?
The question of Why Are Our Bands So White will be addressed as the research examines four areas of concern. This includes a) cultural relevancy in our band programs b) White Privilege c) the dynamic of White teachers/Black students d) student teaching preparation specifically for teachers in urban schools. While there is a wide body of research that speaks generally to generally to these topics in education, there is little to no research that addresses these issues as they relate to our school bands. Major influences for this study are the works of McIntosh (1988) and Ladson-Billings (1994). The research is a focus group interview comprised of three former students of the writer. All are African American, all male, ages 18-23. Their perspective is the voice missing from present body of research.
Sollenberger, Diane, "Why are our bands so white?" (2010). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2303.