A Transition to Mobile Learning: Collegiate Marching Band Students' Perceptions on Learning Marching Movements

Open Access
Snowiss, David Andrew
Area of Honors:
Information Sciences and Technology
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Sarah J Stager, Thesis Supervisor
  • David Joseph Fusco, Honors Advisor
  • Mobile Learning
  • Fidelity
  • Marching Band
  • Music
  • Drill
This paper analyzes the implementation of mobile devices and the Ultimate Drill Book mobile application (UDBapp) in the Pennsylvania State University Marching Blue Band for learning marching movements during the 2018-19 performing season. Prior to the introduction of mobile devices, marching movements were learned using paper sheets. Through survey data and observation, the impact of the digital tools for learning marching movements are evaluated and can be used as the basis for continued research. This paper explores elements of mobile learning, a transition from paper to screen-based learning, and the potential for increased fidelity in a collegiate marching band setting. This topic was envisioned to illustrate how the introduction of technological tools in a traditionally non-technological activity can impact traditional learning processes and users’ perceptions of learning. Based on the data from this study, the perceptions of the transition to mobile learning among participants were favorable towards beneficial learning outcomes more often than not.