I explored the use of student leaders as change agents in a successful high school band program during one academic year with qualitative case study techniques. Participants included three high school band directors and 12 senior band members. Data analysis revealed that student leaders contributed to the successful implementation of a significant curricular change while increasing performance quality and addressing attrition issues. Four themes emerged: (a) student leaders as role models, (b) student leaders as instructors, (c) student leaders as social mentors, and (d) student leaders as effective change agents. Suggestions for music instructors include developing, implementing, and supporting students as leaders who can effectively create positive, proactive changes, as well as aid in rehearsal efficiency and instruction.
Thies, Tamara T.
"Student Leaders as Change Agents: Benefits Emerging from a Curricular
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 23, Article 4.
Available at: https://opencommons.uconn.edu/vrme/vol23/iss1/4