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NEARLY 9 IN 10 MUSIC TEACHER CANDIDATES ARE WHITE,RESEARCH SHOWS

Written by Jackie Zubrzycki, Education Week

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The public school student population is increasingly diverse. Their prospective music teachers? Not so much.

The first large-scale study of the demographic profiles of prospective music teachers indicates that the overwhelming majority of music teacher licensure candidates are white.

Kenneth Elpus, an assistant professor of music education at the University of Maryland, said he was prompted to look into the diversity of music teacher licensure candidates after investigating the demographics of students who had studied music in high school and participated in college ensembles. He wondered how many of those students became music teachers.

To explore the demographics of prospective music education majors, Elpus used data from the ETS for two music content-area Praxis exams, which are required for music teacher licensure in 32 states. The study uses data from 2008-2012. Most, but not all, of the test takers were undergraduates while taking the test.

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Date of Publication: 
12/17/15