Factors Influencing Secondary String Students’ String Teaching Career Choices

Donald L. Hamann, Robert Frost, Tami Draves

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The purpose of this research was to investigate factors influencing the decisions of high school string students planning to major in music teaching in college. High school string students (N = 246) from 14 schools in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho indicated their interest in pursuing a music teaching major and rated 15 factors believed to contribute to teaching interest. Data were evaluated using a multiple regression analysis. The dependent variable was Teaching Interest. The independent variables were the 15 interest factors. Three variables (conducting, teachers’ contracts of 9-10 months without summer teaching, and teachers’ pay) accounted for approximately 23 percent of the variance contributing to students’ interest in a teaching major. The process of conducting, a teacher's contract, and surprisingly teacher pay contribute positively to students’ decisions to major in string teaching. Perhaps more emphasis should be placed on these 3 variables when recruiting students to the field of string teaching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalString Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011


  • career choice
  • music career
  • music teacher
  • string music education
  • string teacher
  • string teaching career

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music
  • History


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