Realizing Entrepreneurship in K–12 Music Education: Inside or Outside the Box?


Although “entrepreneurship” has become a movement in arts career preparation programs, its application for school-based music educators remains unclear. This article suggests that intrapreneuring—entrepreneurial practice within large organizations—better encapsulates the balance of innovation and affiliation that teachers often pursue to enhance their motivation at work. Results from a survey of K–12 music educators suggest that intrapreneurial mindsets and behaviors predict higher fulfillment of teachers’ needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness—all elements crucial to healthy motivation. For many music educators, intrapreneuring may serve as an ideal pathway to increased motivation, career longevity, and a broader teacher-driven approach to education reform.

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Music Educators Journal