Career influences of music education audition candidates

David A. Rickels, Wesley D. Brewer, Kimberly H. Councill, William E. Fredrickson, Michelle Hairston, David L. Perry, Ann M. Porter, Margaret Schmidt

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In this descriptive study, we examined the influences and experiences motivating students to enter college-level music schools as reported by a population of precollegiate students auditioning (but not yet accepted) to music education degree programs. As a follow-up to a published pilot study, this research was designed to quantify the various experiences respondents had as part of their precollege school and community programs that related to teaching and music. Results indicate a strong connection between respondents' primary musical background and future teaching interest. The top three influential experiences were related to high school ensemble membership (band, choir, orchestra), and the most influential group of individuals in the decision to become a music educator were high school ensemble directors. Respondents from all four primary background groups (band, choir, orchestra, and general or other) rated private lesson teaching as their second strongest future teaching interest, just behind teaching at the high school level in their primary background. Respondents rated parents as moderately influential on their desire to become a music teacher.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-134
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2013


  • Career choice
  • Career influence
  • Teacher recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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