The relationship between school administrators and music teachers is an important part of maintaining a strong music program. However, it seems that many music teachers may not understand the complexities of being an administrator. Similarly, many administrators may not understand what takes place in the music classroom, nor what the needs of the classroom are and why those needs exist.
In order to learn more about the relationship between school administrators and music teachers, an online survey was sent to music teachers and administrators to examine perceived attitudes and relationships. This project resulted in a series of ideas and suggestions for music teachers and administrators to better engage and create a positive relationship with each other. This project provides insight into the responsibilities of administrator and music teachers and factors that can influence their decisions and attitudes.
Both administrators and music teachers indicated communication was an important aspect of maintaining a positive relationship, as it appeared as the top incident category in each question. However, when asked what they wanted to know about each other, both groups indicted ânothingâ as their top answer (A-43%, MT-26%).
This research suggests that if music teachers and administrators are to have positive working relationships, they need to follow their suggestions as indicated below, which they seem to largely agree upon. Both groups must communicate openly so there is an understanding of what each does and work together for the benefit of students.