Examining how voice teachers influence student achievement

Fletcher, Heather, Davidson, Jane, and Krause, Amanda E. (2023) Examining how voice teachers influence student achievement. Journal of Singing, 79 (4). pp. 445-456.

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While studies have defined voice teacher expertise, seldom have associations been made between voice teachers and their students’ performing achievements. This study investigated which characteristics and attributes of successful classical and music theatre voice teachers influence student success. A sample of 123 Australian voice teachers (77% females, 22% males, 1% non-binary), aged 26-78 years old (M=48.23), completed an online, quantitative survey examining teacher background, experience, and genre. Additionally, standardised, quantitative measures examined psychological components such as teacher empathy and leadership. Findings demonstrated statistically significant associations between greater student achievement and the teacher’s own performance and teacher training and achievements as well as the number of students they have taught. Additionally, teacher leadership, specifically training facilitation and positive feedback, was statistically positively associated with student achievement. Teacher genre was not found to influence student success. These findings indicate that incorporating leadership training into voice pedagogy courses, while facilitating ongoing performing and professional development, could contribute to voice teacher expertise which would conceivably produce more successful students.

Item ID: 77930
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1086-7732
Keywords: voice teachers, vocal pedagogy, empathy, leadership, voice teacher training, music education, music psychology, psychology of music, social and applied psychology of music, music performance, singing teacher
Copyright Information: © 2023. National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2023 23:46
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 60%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360303 Music education @ 40%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 60%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music @ 40%
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