Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies


College of Education

First Advisor

Kenneth Vogler

Second Advisor

Susan Schramm-Pate


The purpose of the present Action Research study was to describe a class of southern, suburban, high school band student-participants’ perceptions of a jazz performance of an arrangement by the researcher that is a Duke Ellington adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Student-participants’ perceptions were gathered using a modified Fennema-Sherman Attitude Scale in the form of a pre-test and a post-test to determine any changes in attitudes towards jazz performance. Data were analyzed and reflected upon with the collaborating band director and administrators at Cane Bay High School and an action plan was designed to improve student-participants’ attitudes toward jazz performance and in particular to enable young women to understand their potential in the field of jazz and to consider careers in jazz performance and/or education.


© 2017, Joseph Ryan Westberry