Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Teaching Outside a Specialty: An Examination of String-Trained Music Educators Teaching Winds in California
by Arnold, Amber Wily, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 76; 10840573
Abstract (Summary)

In California, music teachers are credentialed to teach all subjects in music with a single, broad credential. This practice as well as district hiring practices may result in many teachers working outside of their specialty. The purpose of this study is to determine techniques for building knowledge specifically for string-trained teachers to find fulfilment teaching students who are learning wind instruments. This study addresses the motivation for these teachers to teach students who learn wind instruments, experiences that contribute to teach students learning wind instruments, and how non-specialized teaching impacts student outcomes.

Six string-trained music educators who taught students learning to play wind instruments in California were interviewed from December 1–December 10, 2017. Despite these teachers having limited knowledge at the outset, they found teaching students learning wind instruments satisfying as they increased their own knowledge in this area. Some activities for increasing competence in teaching winds included: collaborating with colleagues, attending conferences, and referring to instrument-specific collegiate course content. Additionally, these teachers indicated that non-specialized teaching did not negatively influence student outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Zanutto, Daniel R.
Commitee: Simeonov, Simeon, Thies, Tamara T.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music education
Keywords: Non-specialized teaching, String education, Teacher credentialing, Wind education
Publication Number: 10840573
ISBN: 978-0-438-56829-7
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