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Music education professor presents research at international conference

September 7, 2012

Edward McClellan, Ph.D., coordinator of music education at Loyola University New Orleans, recently presented his national research study, “Identity Formation of Undergraduate Music Education Majors,” at the International MayDay Colloquium: Aims of Music Education conference. Sponsored by the MayDay Group, an international organization of music educators and scholars concerned with the future of music education, the conference was held at Michigan State University.

McClellan’s research examined how the university music department may contribute to future music teachers’ commitment to the motivations, strategies and rewards of teaching. His purpose was to examine the collective impact of people and experiences most connected to the undergraduate music education major and associations in the university music department culture. Results demonstrated that socialization through the music teacher education curriculum, authentic contextual experiences, and music department subcultures have powerful impact on the development of identity as a music teacher.

Ultimately, McClellan recommended that music teacher education programs engage the music department community in establishing collaborative environments that collectively encourage and shape future music educators’ identity as music teacher. He also suggested that university music departments should examine recruiting practices to engage the best qualified candidates for the music education profession.

For more information, contact McClellan at 504-865-2085 or emcclell@loyno.edu.

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