Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Self concept of locked out career musicians: A phenomenological study
by Verrill, Mary G., Ed.D., Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2015, 226; 3714347
Abstract (Summary)

For career musicians who underwent a lockout by their managements, such a traumatic disruption was an opportunity for learning to occur about their profession, music performance, and themselves. Using Jarvis’s (2004, p. 106) model of adult learning processes, a phenomenological study sought to answer the research question: How did the lived experience of career musicians during a labor lockout change their self-concept as musicians? To arrive at an essence of that experience, quantitative and qualitative data were gathered by using a demographic questionnaire and interviews. The population was identified from published rosters of two acclaimed orchestras that locked out their musicians in the 2012–13 and 2013–14 performance seasons. The qualitative data analysis followed Creswell’s (2007, p. 159) method to arrive at a description of the “essence” of lived experience by career musicians during a labor lockout. Results confirmed the lockouts provided “disjunctures” as catalysts for “lifelong education” (Jarvis, 2004), even though musicians’ self-concept were affirmed. As a group, musicians fit Haiven’s (2006) matrix of negotiation when performing with a top-down, hierarchical organization, but not when performing in a collaborative organization, bringing musicians into Haiven’s (2006) “union zone.” However, results departed from Haiven’s (2006) matrix by indicating career musicians’ high need for social networks and less dependency on work deployment within collaborative organizations. The essence of musicians’ experiences during a labor lockout could inform the fields of labor relations, andragogy, music education, music psychology, and organizational change.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Germundsen, Richard
Commitee: Feder-Lewis, Sonia N., Hines, Susan R., McClure, John Jack, Pye, Yvette L.
School: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Department: Leadership
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 76/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Adult education, Music education, Psychology
Keywords: Disjuncture, Identity, Lockout, Musicians, Self-concept, Self-esteem
Publication Number: 3714347
ISBN: 9781321915907
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