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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

John Elliott

First Committee Member

Ellis Herbert

Second Committee Member

Clair Olsen


The possibility of making music a more secure source of income for the professional musician does not seem to offer much hold for the future of music. However, the possibility of making music more a part of the life of the people through amateur participation offers a possibility for further growth of music which may help to make music a truly worthwhile part of our culture.

It is the purpose of this thesis to examine the field of post school instrumental music. Post school instrumental music, for the purposes of this thesis, shall be defined as music, for the purposes of this thesis, shall be defined as music played by groups of people who have left school through graduation or other means nad have continued to play their instruments as amateurs or as semi-professionals. While the study was limited to Central California much of the data obtained is probably not confined to Central California but applies to a certain degree all over the United States. Instrumental and vocal music have many things in common. Much which can be said for vocal music holds true in the field of instrumental music. This thesis will also establish the value of post school music to the individual, the community, and music itself; the opportunities in post school music which exist at the present time; the attitudes of the individuals who could lead and participate in post school music; end the possibilities for the development of a worthwhile program of post school instrumental music in Central California.



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