The perceived value of professional membership among pre-service and early-career music educators.

Janice Killian, Vicki D Baker, Michael D Johnson

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Abstract

One of the most critical challenges facing the field of music education today is the retention of qualified teachers. The demand for music teachers is rising, yet the number of students in universities training to become music teachers is declining (Asmus, 1999; Hill, 2003). Research indicates that professional organizations can play a vital role in the retention of early career music educators through workshops and conferences, as well as providing a mentoring network (DeLorenzo, 1992; Conway, Krueger, Robinson, Haack, & Smith, 2002; Madsen & Hancock, 2002). The purpose of this study was to consider the extent to which early-career music educators are aware of the values of professional organizations and when in their training this awareness occurs. Thus this study was designed to compare early-career music educators with senior music education students regarding their knowledge of professional organizations, their own professional memberships, and their perceived benefits of thos
Original languageEnglish
JournalTexas Music Education Research
StatePublished - 2005

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