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Breaking the Cycle: Predicting String Orchestra Recruiting Behaviors with the Theory of Planned Behavior

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dc.contributor.advisor Wuttke, Brian
dc.contributor.author Ammerman, Angela D.
dc.creator Ammerman, Angela D.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-22T01:21:59Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-22T01:21:59Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11331
dc.description.abstract This study investigates the influence of string teacher attitudes toward recruiting, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control on recruiting behaviors. Between 1962 and 1989 the number of public school string programs decreased by 50%. This decline suggests a significant shortcoming with regard to recruiting, retention, and advocacy for string. Fewer string programs means fewer string students, which means fewer sting majors and fewer string teachers. Further, a shortfall in the number of string teachers to serve existing orchestra programs means future program closures, leading to the eventual extinction of the public school string orchestra. Using the Theory of Planned Behavior, this paper employs hierarchical regressions to examine the current trends and biases within string orchestra recruiting and the relationships between recruiting behaviors and attitudes, subjective norms, and perceived behavioral control. Results suggest that recruiting attitude has a significant impact on recruiting behaviors. Results also suggest a mixed relationship between subjective norms and recruiting behaviors in which those with higher subjective norms were more likely to reach out to potential students, but less likely to organize a recruiting concert. Implications are that institutions of higher education and professional music education organizations could provide recruiting courses and experiences in order to improve recruiting attitudes, thus leading to an increase in recruiting behaviors.
dc.format.extent 135 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 Angela D. Ammerman
dc.subject Music education en_US
dc.subject Marketing en_US
dc.subject Social research en_US
dc.subject behaviors en_US
dc.subject orchestra en_US
dc.subject recruiting en_US
dc.subject recruiting orchestra en_US
dc.subject strings en_US
dc.subject teacher behaviors en_US
dc.title Breaking the Cycle: Predicting String Orchestra Recruiting Behaviors with the Theory of Planned Behavior
dc.type Dissertation
thesis.degree.level Ph.D.
thesis.degree.discipline Music Education
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University


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