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ERIC Number: EJ1152410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1057-0837
"I Love Knowing That What I'm Doing Has Purpose": Male Instrumentalists Who Choose to Teach Elementary General Music
Shouldice, Heather Nelson
Journal of Music Teacher Education, v27 n1 p48-64 Oct 2017
Few entering music education students plan to teach in an elementary general music (EGM) setting, and the majority of those who teach EGM are female and have vocalist backgrounds. The purpose of this collective case study was to examine six male instrumentalists' decisions to pursue a career in EGM teaching rather than secondary instrumental music. Analysis of interview data revealed three emergent themes: (a) development of a new schema for EGM, (b) teacher beliefs and identity, and (c) tension between autonomy and the perceived "status quo" in traditional instrumental music education. Findings suggest music teacher educators should be aware of the power of "detracked" coursework in music teacher preparation programs as well as the factors that might influence individuals to choose a career in EGM teaching and/or deter them from choosing a career in secondary instrumental music teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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