Instrumental music education students' perceptions of tensions experienced during their undergraduate degree
In response to recent concern regarding music education major retention and as an effort to contribute to the "lives of teachers" scholarship in music education, the primary research question for this study was: How do undergraduate students describe their lived experiences within the instrumental music education community? Data included a questionnaire from sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students (N = 34); researcher journals; 12 undergraduate student interviews; an undergraduate student focus group; and 6 study team meetings. What the authors learned from this inquiry is organized by the following themes: (a) participants perceive themselves as "different" from other music students; (b) participants perceive music education to be "different" within the music school; and (c) participants' musician/ teacher identity changed throughout their experience. © 2010 MENC: The National Association for Music Education.
Journal of Research in Music Education
Conway, Colleen; Eros, John; Pellegrino, Kristen; and West, Chad, "Instrumental music education students' perceptions of tensions experienced during their undergraduate degree" (2010). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1451.