Event Title

Supporting First Generation College Students in the Applied Music Studio

Start Date

16-10-2020 10:00 AM

End Date

16-10-2020 10:50 AM

Document Type

Presentation

Description

In this presentation we will explore the ways in which applied music faculty may be uniquely positioned to meet the needs of first-generation college students—students for whom neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree. Though numbers vary by institution, this group currently represents around 56% of the national undergraduate population. (NASPA) Many scholars have investigated this diverse group of students, noting significantly lower rates of graduation and economic disparities between them and their continuing generation peers. While many colleges and universities have campus-wide supports for first generation students, research suggests that intervention should be crafted around characteristics such as race, region, and degree program. Little exists on this topic in our specific field of music, and in this session, we will turn to the research in other fields, along with our experiences at R2 and M1 universities, to provide practical strategies for applied faculty and to chart a course for further research in this topic in our field. We believe that the individual teaching model of applied music has the potential to increase effectiveness of interventions and music programs as a whole can help to integrate students more fully into universities. We believe some of these ideas can be applied to supporting first generation college students in other disciplines, and believe that participation in music programs can help students in other majors integrate into college life.

Speaker Information

Rebecca Johnson

Assistant Professor of Flute, School of the Arts, Department of Music, Eastern Illinois University, SelectedWorks

Elizabeth Sullivan

Assistant Professor of Oboe and Musicianship, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Brian Sullivan

Independent scholar

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Supporting First Generation College Students in the Applied Music Studio

In this presentation we will explore the ways in which applied music faculty may be uniquely positioned to meet the needs of first-generation college students—students for whom neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree. Though numbers vary by institution, this group currently represents around 56% of the national undergraduate population. (NASPA) Many scholars have investigated this diverse group of students, noting significantly lower rates of graduation and economic disparities between them and their continuing generation peers. While many colleges and universities have campus-wide supports for first generation students, research suggests that intervention should be crafted around characteristics such as race, region, and degree program. Little exists on this topic in our specific field of music, and in this session, we will turn to the research in other fields, along with our experiences at R2 and M1 universities, to provide practical strategies for applied faculty and to chart a course for further research in this topic in our field. We believe that the individual teaching model of applied music has the potential to increase effectiveness of interventions and music programs as a whole can help to integrate students more fully into universities. We believe some of these ideas can be applied to supporting first generation college students in other disciplines, and believe that participation in music programs can help students in other majors integrate into college life.