Capstone/Dissertation Title

Private music teachers descriptions of successful private-practice teaching

Term

2011

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone was how do private music teachers describe aspects of successful private-practice teaching? This study was inspired by the obstacles that the author faced on a daily basis in his private teaching career. It describes an exploration into the perceptions of teaching of private-practice music using a literature review and semi-structured interviews of private-practice business owners with the intent of finding ideas that significantly impact private-practice teaching. The major categories identified in the study were student-centered learning and the image of the ideal teacher. Other important contributing factors indentified were the use of technology for teaching, diversity of students' needs, teaching strategies, and the aspects of private-practice teaching. It was found that in order to promote success in the private-practice, these ideas would need to be thoughtfully addressed and incorporated into private-teaching practice.

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