Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (BM)

Department

School of Music

Advisor(s)

David A. Stringham, Ph.D.

Jeffrey E. Bush, Ph.D.

Kenneth E. Barron, Ph.D.

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to compare burnout levels of college music education students by National Association for Music Education division, year in school, primary instrument, and certification track (i.e., instrumental, vocal, general). The secondary purpose of the study was to examine relationships among perceived burnout, academic, and personal variables. Moreover, in this study I explored participants’ experiences with burnout, why participants think burnout occurs, and how participants try to combat burnout. Respondents were 320 undergraduate students studying music education across the United States. Results revealed percussion students exhibited the highest levels of emotional exhaustion. Juniors reported the lowest level of personal accomplishment. There were correlations between burnout and exercise, sleep, work, and whether the participant was student teaching, but not between burnout and any of the other academic or personal variables. Interview results revealed several primary factors contributing to burnout including academic overload, work, financial challenges, and extracurricular overload. Additionally, interview participants discussed both independent and collaborative strategies for combatting burnout.

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