Personal and Professional Characteristics of Music Educators: One Size Does Not Fit All


Objectives/Hypothesis The prevalence of voice disorders among various educator groups is well known, and voice disorders among music educators are higher than the general classroom educators. Music educators vary with respect to behavioral and personality factors, personal characteristics, type of music taught, job-specific environment, and governmental professional expectations. This study aims to identify risk factors for voice disorders in a heterogeneous population of music educators. Study Design An online survey was conducted with 213 respondents. Methods Survey questions addressed demographics, level of education, years of music teaching experience, specialty training, primary teaching assignments and instrument, vocal health behaviors, and diagnoses of voice disorders. Summary statistics and group comparisons are reported. Results Those whose primary instrument was voice reported a greater frequency of voice disorders. Female and older music educators also had a higher prevalence of voice disorders. Conclusions Music educators are a heterogeneous group of individuals who require more careful consideration in the prevention and treatment of occupational voice problems.

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Journal of Voice