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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Challenges of the music classroom: Perceptions of teachers and administrators
by Allen, Tanya R., Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2011, 151; 3502811
Abstract (Summary)

Classroom management is one component necessary to the success of any classroom. Typical student concerns, such as discipline and motivation, can be positively addressed when the learning environment is grounded in effective management. In the music class, large class sizes and other logistical issues can magnify typical concerns, making management even more necessary. While research has identified several areas that continue to plague beginning music teachers, very few studies have explored whether management is the primary cause of those areas. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine if classroom management was perceived as the main reason for the frequent challenges music teachers experienced.

Public school music teachers (n=90) and administrators (n=90) from around the United States were sent an email which included a link to an online survey. They were asked to submit frequent challenges music teachers faced, the reasons for the challenges, and suggestions for minimizing the challenges. The responses identified common concerns that were categorized into seven main areas: enrollment, motivation, resources, scheduling, student behaviors, support, and teacher responsibilities. Classroom management was not perceived as the main reason for the challenges by the majority of participants, although 63% of beginning teachers believed it was the cause of many of their concerns. Other reasons provided for the challenges included minimal parental and administrative support, the economy and budget cuts, and educational priorities effect on non-tested classes. Suggestions primarily centered on the teachers' responsibility for management and instruction, but also included ideas for funding, scheduling, and gaining support for music education. This study contributes to existing literature regarding the problems of music teachers, and furnishes data useful to teacher education, administrators, and music teachers at all stages.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: VanWeelden, Kimberly
Commitee: Brister, Wanda, Fredrickson, William, Kelly, Steve
School: The Florida State University
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: School administration, Music education
Keywords: Administrators, Challenges, Classroom management, Music education, Perceptions, Teachers
Publication Number: 3502811
ISBN: 978-1-267-26181-6
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