Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A guide for prospective piano studio teachers
by Wei, Erh-Chia, D.M.A., University of Washington, 2010, 96; 3406038
Abstract (Summary)

Many music majors choose to become studio teachers upon graduation from university. But, few realize the difficulties involved in setting up a private studio. What seems to be an easy job at the beginning actually involves many diverse skills that need to be learned, skills that are all too often not part of a university education. Teaching is just the first step. Administrative work, building up connections and support, and coping with financial stress are other areas to be considered. It takes a great deal of effort and experience to establish a successful studio.

Luckily, I have had opportunities to teach in two private studios. I have established a close relationship with the studio owners, Winnie Ip and Jinhwa Chon, and have had the opportunity to observe their work at close range, discussing with them many of the difficulties and challenges they have encountered in their careers. I believe what I have learned from them to be of benefit to other music teachers who wish to start similar businesses. Here is a guideline incorporating my research and my own life's experiences and observations, and I sincerely hope this will be of help to prospective piano studio teachers and music majors preparing for future careers in teaching.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sheppard, Craig
Commitee:
School: University of Washington
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-A 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Music, Management, Music education, Performing Arts, Higher education
Keywords: Piano, Studio
Publication Number: 3406038
ISBN: 978-1-109-72448-6
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