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ERIC Number: EJ814926
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1532-8090
Five Challenges and Solutions in Online Music Teacher Education
Hebert, David G.
Research and Issues in Music Education, v5 n1 p1-10 Sep 2007
With the rapid proliferation of online courses among mainstream universities in recent years, it is likely that more online music education programs will continue to emerge in the near future, which begs the question of what effects this new development will have on the profession. Can online education truly be of the same quality as a traditional face-to-face program? How is it possible to effectively manage such large programs, particularly at the doctoral level? For some experienced music educators, it may be quite difficult to set aside firmly entrenched reservations and objectively consider the new possibilities for teaching and research afforded by recent technology. Yet the future is already here, and nearly 600 music educators have seized the opportunity. Through online programs, the internet has become the latest tool for offering professional development to practicing educators who otherwise would not have access, particularly those currently engaged in full-time employment or residing in rural areas. This article discusses five key issues, each of which represents challenges that are complex yet solvable. The first part of this article identifies and describes these challenges, followed by presentation of what the author proposes as corresponding solutions to each of them. (Contains 1 figure and 3 notes.)
University of St. Thomas. Graduate Programs in Music Education, Loras Hall 103, 2115 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. Tel: 651-962-5729; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A