Initial Survey Letter

Dear Colleague,

My name is Lisa Tatum and I am completing my DMA in conducting at Texas Tech University with Dr. Sarah McKoin. For my final project, I am creating a digital textbook and curriculum that could be used to teach Wind Literature courses at collegiate institutions. I have created a survey to gather data on what pieces written in the last 22 years should be included.

This survey asks you to identify (in your opinion) the three most influential compositions and composers for wind band since 2000. This data will determine the works included in the digital textbook.
Thank you very much for your time and participation in this brief survey.  I will be happy to send you a final document upon request upon completion. I am hoping to have responses in by October 23, 2022.

The survey will take about 25 minutes and you will answer questions about composers and compositions for wind band. Your participation is completely voluntary. You can skip any questions you do not feel comfortable with and stop at any point.

There are no direct benefits. There are no foreseeable risks to your participation. To protect your confidentiality no identifiers will be collected. If you have any questions about this research, please contact Sarah McKoin at If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, contact the Human Research Protection Program, Office of Research & Innovation, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409.  You can contact them at 806-742-2064 or

The questions:

  1. In your opinion, who are the three most influential composers for wind band of the 21st century?
  2. In a few words, why did you pick these composers?
  3. In your opinion, what are the three most influential pieces written for wind band after 2000?
  4. In a few words, why did you pick these pieces?



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