Defense Date

5-25-2016

Availability

Worldwide Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MM

Department

Music Education

School

Mary Pappert School of Music

Committee Chair

Stephen Benham

Committee Member

Judith Bowman

Committee Member

Paul F. Doerksen

Keywords

high school, instrumental music, rural

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the needs of the rural high school instrumental music educator. Three research questions guided the inquiry: 1) How do the needs of practicing rural high school instrumental music teachers compare to the unique needs of rural music educators identified by other researchers in previous studies? 2) Why are the needs of a rural high school instrumental music educator unique? 3) How are the needs of a rural instrumental music educator distinctive? Autoethnography was the primary research methodology utilized with additional participant interviews to enrich the data. Four themes emerged from the coding of data: 1) Need of balance, 2) Need of support, 4) Need of identity, and 4) Need of understanding. Based on its findings, this study recommends the creation of mental health support, rural music education support networks, unique program culture, and advocacy of rural instrumental music programs.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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