Surveying Colorado band directors' opinions of skills and characteristics important to successful music teaching

Peter Miksza, Matthew Roeder, Dana Biggs

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Abstract

This study was designed to (a) gather band directors' opinions of skills and characteristics important to teaching and (b) examine the relative effectiveness of electronic versus paper survey methods. Survey respondents ranked lists of music, teaching, and personal skills or characteristics in order of importance and answered open-ended items regarding advice for 1st-year teachers and the struggles and rewards of band directing. The final response rate was 66% (N = 235). Personal and teaching skills and characteristics were ranked higher than music skills. The items "maintain high musical standards," "be able to motivate students," and "enthusiastic, energetic" were the highest ranked skills or characteristics. Perseverance, patience, and long-term vision were the most common forms of advice to 1st-year teachers. Issues related to classroom management and student success were the most-often-cited struggles and rewards of band directing, respectively. An experiment comparing response rate and response quality as a function of survey method (i.e., e-survey vs. paper survey) and follow-up notification (i.e., postnote, no postnote) also was completed using a smaller subsample of respondents ( n = 102). Response rates for the e-survey conditions were better than those for the paper survey conditions. Greater proportions of respondents from the paper survey conditions completed the open-ended items.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-381
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Volume57
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Electronic survey methods
  • Music teacher effectiveness
  • Teaching rewards
  • Teaching struggles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music

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