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Spring 2022


The purpose of this study is to explore what role models and mentors have on female music students, by interviewing pre-service and in-service female music educators. Seven female music educators were interviewed. All the women were sent panelist questions to prepare for the interviews. Four of the women were able to participate in a panel discussion that included students. Data was coded to find common trends within responses, such as work life balance, classroom environment, traits and gender role, equality, mentorship, as well as a focus on student questions focusing on confidence. Analysis of the discussion question answers seem to reveal that in the bounds of the study, these women admit that though they feel equally qualified to their male colleagues, they must prove their worth. The panelists emphasized the importance of work life balance as well as remaining true to who they are. Students shared concerns about confidence, when working with male band directors and staff, and how to take criticism.