ERIC Number: EJ1086928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Perceptions of Course Value and Issues of Specialization in Undergraduate Music Teacher Education Curricula
Groulx, Timothy J.
Journal of Music Teacher Education, v25 n2 p13-24 Feb 2016
Music educators (n = 601) responded to a survey designed to investigate what undergraduate music education curricular changes might be desired to better serve the profession. Participants rated the value of the 20 most common types of courses in a music teacher education program. The highest rated courses were student teaching, ensembles, applied lessons, conducting, early field experiences, aural theory, and music theory, and the lowest rated were education courses and educational psychology. A content analysis of the data revealed common themes from participant-supplied course recommendations: technical skills, effective teaching, administrative skills, engaging in schools, support for career specialization, and preparation for a broader range of careers. The finding that approximately 83% of participants taught outside their area of specialization during their career supports recommendations to ensure at least fundamental preparation for more than one career track.
Descriptors: Music, Music Teachers, Undergraduate Study, Curriculum Development, Course Evaluation, Content Analysis, Teacher Education, Field Experience Programs, Educational History, Career Development, Career Education, Teacher Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Skill Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Job Skills, Specialization
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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