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Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1752-6299
  • E-ISSN: 1752-6302



This descriptive report examines the motivations of adult beginners’ participation in a leisure activity, the Desert Winds Community Steel Orchestra (DWCSO) based in Phoenix, Arizona. The initial adult ensemble was formed in 1983 based on interest created through the Desert Winds Steel Orchestra, a sixth grade steel band. This study examines the second iteration of this ensemble that began in 1997. Motivational factors are divided into factors that contributed to joining the group and those that motivated members to continue participation. DWCSO participants noted children’s influence and musical curiosity as their impetus for joining the ensemble. They continued participating due to a desirable curriculum and methodology, socialization and enhanced sense of well-being.


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Keyword(s): adult; children; community; leisure; motivation; pedagogy; steel band; steelpan
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