Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Curriculum & Instruction

First Committee Member

Jian Wang, Co-Chair

Second Committee Member

Martha Young, Co-Chair

Third Committee Member

Emily Lin

Graduate Faculty Representative

Lori Olafson

Number of Pages



The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to determine what internal and external factors influence the retention attributions of secondary level music teachers who participated in this study and identify what interactions exist between those factors. Phase one of this study was a survey of a group of secondary music teachers (N=260). The survey was used to quantify those factors that influenced music teacher retention and how those factors were ranked by the survey group. Phase two of this study employed case study methodology, specifically, interviews of six secondary music teachers selected from the initial survey pool, to provide a data source for developing a deeper understanding about their retention decision and factors influences their decisions. A summative report synthesizes data from Phase I and Phase II to answer the three research questions posed by this study: 1) What are the external factors leading to retention of the music teachers who participate in this study? 2) What are the internal factors leading to retention of the music teachers who participate in this study? 3) How do internal and external factors interact to influence the retention decisions of these participants? It was found that music teachers remain in the teaching profession as a result of their strong sense of altruism, love of their craft and their ability and willingness to marginalize negative factors encountered in the teaching context.


Employee retention; Factors; High school teachers; Music teachers; Retention


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Music

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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