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Instrumental music -- Instruction and study; School music supervision; Music teachers -- Job stress;


This study was designed to investigate the nature of occupational stress among school band directors. It explored the influence of years teaching experience, school size, present grade level taught, and gender on perceived stress among Iowa school band directors. Although there is a great deal of research concerning the frustrations of classroom teachers, information related to stress and the school band director is limited. There is growing concern with the number of teachers leaving the profession and those remaining in the field at a diminished performance level. There is also evidence of less experienced teachers perceiving more stress than their more experienced counterparts. A survey of 120 Iowa band directors provided data concerning job satisfaction, job dissatisfaction, desired environmental changes, and sources of support during times of stress. An analysis of the data (n = 120) indicated subject responses to the ranked and Likert-type items on perceived job satisfaction and job dissatisfaction. The results also indicated that band directors share many of the same stressors as regular classroom teachers along with additional stressors that are specific to teaching in the area of music. Desired environmental changes and areas of support were compiled from individually-written responses.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Charles V. L. Dedrick

Second Advisor

Donna Raschke

Third Advisor

Melissa Heston


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