The lack of women band directors, especially at the high school and collegiate levels, is an area of concern for music educators. Previous research has identified balancing career and family responsibilities as a challenge for professional women, and a possible factor in the inequality of men and women in the band directing profession.
The purpose of the study was to investigate strategies used by women high school band directors to meet the challenge of balancing career and family. College band directors in Michigan and Ohio nominated women high school band directors based on the following criteria, (a) female, (b) current or former high school band director in Michigan or Ohio, (c) married or divorced, and/or caregiver of a child during the period of employment as a high school band director. Semi-structured, open-ended live interviews were conducted with four women exhibiting a range of experiences with balancing a career as a high school band director and family responsibilities. Interviews were recorded and subsequently transcribed. The analysis initially focused on issues presented in previous research, such as spousal support, childcare methods, time management, and family and career planning and was further guided by the interview of each subject allowing the researcher to identify challenges and strategies related to balancing a career as a band director and family responsibilities.
Analysis and coding of data within and across cases revealed challenges and strategies commonly related to a theme of time. Participants reported challenges and strategies related to the time requirements of the high school band director position and parenting. Numerous afterschool and weekend commitments contributed to participants’ emotional distress and guilt from being separated from their children, maintaining personal relationships, and difficulty staying healthy. Strategies used by participants to cope with their time commitments included: relying on their spouses for support; depending on family, friends, and daycare providers for quality childcare; setting priorities; scheduling meticulously; and living near their families and schools.
Identifying strategies used to meet the challenge of balancing a career as a band director and family responsibilities may benefit women who desire to achieve their professional goal of becoming a successful high school band director and personal goal of having a family.
|Advisor:||Menard, Elizabeth A.|
|Commitee:||Kantorski, Vincent J.|
|School:||Bowling Green State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Music, Music education, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Career and family, Challenges, College band directors, High school band directors, Women band directors|
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