This is a summary of research papers as found on the New Horizons International Music Associations web site. 

To see the entire article, you are invited to visit the appropriate publication’s web site. You may have to subscribe to the publication (for a possible fee), or in some cases purchase the printed publication, to read the entire article.

If you are involved in a research project related to the New Horizons program, we would like to share your work with our readers. Please send an abstract, similar to those that you find on this page, to Dr. Debbie Rohwer, Chair of the Division of Music Education at the University of North Texas. Dr. Rohwer has a considerable involvement in New Horizons as the music director of the Denton New Horizons Band. By request of Dr. Roy Ernst, Dr. Rohwer has assumed the role of “Research Coordinator” for New Horizons International Music Association.

  • Rohwer, D. (2017). The social nature of band participation: Perceptions and program development. Journal of Band Research, 53(1) (currently in press for 2017 publication).
  • Dyer, W. L. (2016). Development and maintenance of identity in aging community music participants (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 10135048). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1802533260/previewPDF/B75B090152084E1EPQ/6?accountid=7113
  • Rohwer, D. (2016). A narrative investigation of adult music engagement. International Journal of Music Education, Online First, doi:10.1177/0255761416667466
  • Rohwer, D. (2016). Encouraging “dependence” in adult concert band settings. International Journal of Community Music, 9(2), 171–178. doi:https://doi.org/10.1386/ijcm.9.2.207_1
  • Valerio, W., Lane, J. S., & Williams, L. R. (2014). Using advanced measures of music audiation among adult amateur instrumental musicians. Research Perspectives in Music Education, 16(2), Winter 2014, 2-15. Retrieved fromhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/fmea/rpme/2014/00000016/00000002/art00001
  • Talbert, M. D. (2012). Adult amateur musicians and melodic error detection (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 3561877). Available. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1368146005?accountid=14585
  • Rohwer, D. (2013). Making music as an adult: What do the spouses think? Texas Music Education Research.
  • Rohwer, D., Raiber, M. & Coffman, D. (2013). Random or non-random thoughts: What senior adults think about within their ensemble settings. International Journal of Community Music, 5(3), 289-302
  • Schlegel, A. & Lane, J. S. (2013) The effect of articulation, pitch register, and melodic context on instrument identification ability of senior adults. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 196, 65-79.
  • Lane, J. S. (2012). Engaging preservice music teachers with adult amateur musicians. International Journal of Community Music, 5(3), 317-322.Section
  • Rohwer, D. (2012). Going to the source: Pedagogical ideas from adult band members. Journal of Band Research, 48(1), 45-57.n
  • Tsugawa, S. (2012). Motivation and meaning among members of two senior adult music ensembles. In L.K. Thompson & M.R. Campbell (Eds.) Situating inquiry: Expanded venues for music education research (pp. 179-203). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Douglas, K. A. (2011). A descriptive analysis of the psychological needs of adults participating in music ensembles: A survey of the New Horizons International Music Association ensemble participants (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. AAT3473456.
  • Jutras, P. (2011). The Benefits of New Horizons band participation as self-reported by selected New Horizons band members. Bulletin for the Council of Research on Music Education, 187, 65-84.
  • Coffman, D. D. (2009). Learning from our Elders: Survey of New Horizons International Music Association Band and Orchestra Directors. International Journal of Community Music, 2(2-3), 227-240.
  • Rohwer, D. (2009). Non-Caucasian adult band musicians’ perceptions on band participation. Texas Music Education Research.
  • Rohwer, D. (2009). Adult musicians’ perceived and measured breathing ability. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 24, 3-7.
  • Rohwer, D. (2009). Perceived instructional needs and desires of 8th grade and senior citizen band members. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 18(2), 1-12.
  • Tsugawa, S. (2009). Senior adult music learning, motivation, and meaning construction in two New Horizons ensembles (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. AAT3392131.
  • Coffman, D. D. (2008). Survey of New Horizons International Music Association musicians. International Journal of Community Music, 1(3), 375-390.
  • Kruse, N. B. (2008). Andragogy and music: Canadian and American models of music learning among adults. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG.
  • Rohwer, D. (2008). Adult band musicians’ health and wellness issues. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 23, 54-58.
  • Coffman, D. D. (2007). An exploration of personality traits in older adult amateur musicians. Research and Issues in Music Education, 5(1).
  • Coffman, D. D. (2006). Voices of experience: Interviews of adult community band members in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. International Journal of Community Music, D. April 16, 2006.
  • Dabback, W. M. (2006). Toward a model of adult music learning as a socially-embedded phenomenon. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music.
  • Griffith, M. J. (2006). Personality traits and musical interests of adult learners in an instrumental music program (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. AAT3220366.
  • Rohwer, D. & Coffman, D. D. (2006). Relationships between wind band membership, activity level, spirituality and quality of life in older adults, Research Perspectives in Music Education, 10, 22-27.
  • Dabback, W. M. (2005). Toward andragogy in music: Examining the gap between theory and emerging practice in the instrumental music education of older adults. International Journal of Community Music.
  • Rohwer, D. (2005). A case study of adult beginning instrumental practice. Contributions to Music Education, 32(1), 45-58.
  • Rohwer, D. (2005). Teaching the adult beginning instrumentalist: Ideas from practitioners. International Journal of Music Education, 23(1), 37-47.
  • Rohwer, D. (2005). Musical expression behaviors of senior citizen musicians. Journal of Band Research, 40(2), 84-95.
  • Rohwer, D. (2004). The effect of method book content on adult instrumental musicians’ reported preference and musical understanding. Texas Music Education Research, 2-8.
  • Coffman, D. D. (2002). Music and quality of life in older adults. Psychomusicology, 18(1-2), 76-88.
  • Coffman, D. D. (2002). Banding together: New horizons in lifelong music making. Journal of Aging & Identity, 7(2), 133-143.
  • Coffman, D. D. & Adamek, M. (2001). Perceived social support of New Horizons band participants. Contributions to Music Education, 28(1), 27-40.
  • Coffman, D. D. & Adamek, M. (1999). The contributions of wind band participation to quality of life of senior adults. Music Therapy Perspectives, 17(1), 27-31.
  • Coffman, D. D. & Schilf, P. (1998). Band instrument gender associations by senior citizen musicians. Southeastern Journal of Music Education, 10, 212-221.
  • Coffman, D. D. (1996). Musical backgrounds and interests of active older adult band members. Dialogue in Instrumental Music Education, 20(1), 25-34.