ERIC Number: EJ980049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
An Exploration of Potential Factors Affecting Student Withdrawal from an Undergraduate Music Education Program
Gavin, Russell B.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v60 n3 p310-323 Oct 2012
The purpose of this study was to examine the degree withdrawal patterns of undergraduate music education majors, with a specific focus on the individual experiences of students withdrawing from the major. Data from recently withdrawn students (N = 14) were assembled using a qualitative methodology that included semistructured interviews, questionnaires, researcher journals, and meetings with experienced researchers. The data were analyzed and coded, generating a number of categories for discussion and analysis. Students' experiences during college were diverse, with concerns focused on the applied music component of the degree surfacing as important to many students. The reasons given for withdrawal from the music education program also were diverse, including dismissal from the applied music studio, erosion of personal confidence as a musician, realizations about their feelings toward music versus their feelings about teaching in general as it related to their personal career goals, and personal life issues. Following withdrawal from the music education curriculum, all interviewed students reported that they remained actively involved in music in some way. Implications of these results are discussed in relation to individual experiences and the function of those experiences within the context of current models of student persistence.
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Music Education, Music, Musicians, At Risk Students, Withdrawal (Education), Undergraduate Students, Majors (Students), Student Experience, Semi Structured Interviews, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Education Majors
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