Attitudes towards string education among collegiate string faculty

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Music Education

First Committee Member

Stephen Zdzinski - Committee Chair


The purpose of this study was to investigate the different attitudes towards string education held by string applied, string pedagogy, string education, and university symphony conducting faculty. A researcher-designed survey was created by informal interviews with public school string teachers, pre-college studio teachers, string performance students, string education students, string applied professors, string pedagogy professors, university conductors, and string education professors. Additional survey items were also created from the research literature.The survey was sent to two-hundred university professors randomly selected from schools of music that are members of the College Music Society. The response rate was forty-seven percent (N = 94). While survey results suggest certain attitudes held by string faculty, results indicate that there are not significant differences among string faculty attitudes towards string education. Interviews were conducted in order to obtain more in depth insight into the attitudes of each string teacher group, as well as to find out how differences can be alleviated in order to find solutions to the current string teacher shortage. A leader in the profession in each teacher group was chosen for the interview process. Interviewees answered questions created after the survey data were analyzed. Possible solutions for the alleviation of the string teacher shortage were created from the information gathered in the interview process.


Music; Education, Music; Education, Higher

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