Music Educator/Instrumental Conductor Survey

1. How many years of teaching-conducting experience do you possess?
2. What level of education have you completed?
3. What is the geographic location (state, province and/or country) of your current primary position?
4. How long have you held your current teaching/conducting position?
5. What level of musician do you work with (Beginner, Intermediate, High School, Community-Amateur, Collegiate, or Professional) and what type of ensemble do you conduct (e.g. High School Band or Intermediate Orchestra)? Please list all that apply.
6. What is the biggest obstacle to finding ensemble literature that fits your educational goals? What would be the most helpful for overcoming this obstacle?
7. What is the biggest obstacle to finding literature that fits the instrumentation of your ensemble? What would be the most helpful for overcoming this obstacle?
8. For which developmental level ensemble is there the LEAST amount of literature that combines digestible educational material with engaging (for student and audience) music? Why?
9. In your professional view, define a quality piece of educational music. How is this definition different from your definition of a quality piece of music?
10. How many concerts a year do you present? Is this number: A. too many; B. too few; C. about right? Explain.
11. How much rehearsal time, on average, do you have to prepare each concert? Is amount: A. too much; B. too little; C. about right? Explain.
12. In your teaching, how do you balance the need to challenge your students with the need to build their confidence?
13. In your teaching, how do you balance playing music that addresses your student’s educational needs with music your students want to play?
14. When searching for new literature, how do you locate new pieces and how do you evaluate whether these pieces are appropriate for your ensemble?
15. If and when you encounter “holes” in your ensemble (lack of instrumentation or instrumentalists who perform at a level well below the ensemble as a whole), how do you compensate?
16. How often do you make adjustments to published pieces (i.e. change orchestration, change rhythms, or change length)? Is the rationale for these adjustments musical, practical, or personal?
17. How much time do you devote to sight reading? What factors influence this decision?
18. What is the most rewarding part of your work as an educator/conductor?
19. What is the least rewarding part of your work as an educator/conductor?
20. What would you most like to tell composers and/or publishers?
21. From the results of this general survey, other surveys focusing on more specific concerns will be created. Please supply your e-mail address if you would like to be notified when the new surveys are complete.
 

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