The purpose of the Teacher Recruitment ASPA is to encourage the recruiting of high quality music educators through research, advocacy, and other actions designed to promote music teaching as a career.
Facilitator: Wesley Brewer
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Recruitment ASPA Members Spring 2016
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The Teacher Recruitment ASPA is currently working on the following action items:
- In all of our projects, we will continue to prioritize equity and inclusion issues and identify opportunities for further work and improvement.
- Identify potential areas for cross-ASPA collaboration with the Program Admission, Assessment, and Alignment ASPA.
- Identify potential areas for cross-ASPA collaboration with the Policy ASPA.
- Continue examining equity and inclusion issues in recruiting music teachers from a “demographic” perspective.
- Continue examining equity and inclusion issues in recruiting music teachers from a “musical backgrounds” perspective.
- Work with state MEA organizations to help to create Future Music Educator programs in every state in the US (or at least moving incrementally toward that goal).
- Expand on the work Rickels, Frederickson, & Hoffman in a follow-up study examining occupational selectors and non-selectors using a larger sample of students enrolled in summer camps and other music-focused extracurricular activities as the population of interest.
- Expand on the work of Porter, Burrack, Frederickson, & Payne in follow up study about encouraging students to consider music education as a profession.
- Continue work on a collaborative project undertaking a content analysis of university recruiters and university music department web pages. We will explore such questions as:
- “How is music education as a major portrayed?”
- “What is the university’s ‘face’ of a music major?”
- “How do these marketing tools portray (or not) a sense of access, equity, and inclusion for potential music education students?”
Resources and Completed Projects
Web-based bibliography on music teacher recruitment resources. (Project leader: Wes Brewer). Click here to go to the site for this project.
Councill, K.H., Brewer, W.D., Burrack, F., Juchniewicz, J. (2013). Developing the next generation of music teachers: Sample music education association programs that promote our profession and prepare future colleagues. Music Educators Journal, 100(1), 45-49. DOI: 10.1177/0027432113489577
Rickels, D. A., Brewer, W. D., Councill, K. H., Fredrickson, W. E., Hairston, M., Perry, D. L., Porter, A. M., & Schmidt, M. (2013). Career influences of music education audition candidates. Journal of Research in Music Education, 61(1), 115-134. DOI: 10.1177/0022429412474896
Rickels, D. A., Councill, K. H., Fredrickson, W. E., Hairston, M., Porter, A. M., & Schmidt, M. (2010). Influences on career choice among music education audition candidates: A pilot study. Journal of Research in Music Education, 57(4), 292-307. DOI: 10.1177/0022429409350779
“Is the Next Generation of Music Teachers in Your Classroom?” by Ann Porter, Kim Councill, Michelle Hairston, and Marg Schmidt, has been published in:
- The Florida Music Director, 61(11), 12‐14 (Oct. 2008)
- The North Carolina Music Educator, 59(3), 56‐57, in 2009
- The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association News, Volume 73(1), Winter 2008, 76‐79
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