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ERIC Number: ED571173
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 182
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3397-1345-8
Personal and Professional Characteristics of Music Education Professors: Factors Associated with Expectations and Preferences of Undergraduate Students
Robison, Tiger
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Hartford
The purpose of this study was to examine music education undergraduate students' expectations of and preferences for their music education faculty members' personal and professional backgrounds and compare them to the actual backgrounds of current music teacher educators. The research questions were: Do music education undergraduate students expect or prefer their music education faculty members to have certain experiences and knowledge, or demonstrate particular personality traits? Do music education undergraduate students have an accurate concept of the workload and compensation of a typical music education faculty member as it currently exists? Are music education undergraduate students' expectations of and preferences for their music education faculty members similar to what we know about a typical music teacher educator? Participants (N = 293) from 55 randomly selected NASM accredited institutions completed a researcher-created questionnaire. Participants expected and preferred their music education faculty members to have approximately nine years of PreK-12 teaching experience (M = 9.15, SD = 4.81; and M = 9.17, SD = 5.64). Participants most valued their music education professors' experiences in assessment and classroom management and least valued experiences in rural area teaching and success at achieving high festival ratings for ensembles. For professors' current skills and abilities, participants most valued verbal communication, rehearsal techniques, and teaching pedagogy while least valuing skills in music composition, music history, and non-Western musics. Participants preferred their professors to be kind, flexible, and empathetic, while least preferring them to be serious, humorous, and sympathetic. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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