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Update: an inquiry from Masters in Music Education Student, Tom Waggner

Hi Schola! I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving, however you chose to spend it! Just wanted to reach out to you with a message that Tom Waggner asked for me to pass along. If you feel this applies to you, I encourage you to reach out!

From Tom:
“I have been completing my Master’s Thesis and I have been searching for a participant. I am reaching out to community ensembles as I believe that it is likely that a potential participant may belong to one! 

Any chance you can send the following message out to Schola? If not, no stress but I figured I’d ask! Thanks!

Dear Schola Cantorum,

My name is Thomas Waggner, and I am a graduate researcher at the University of Delaware studying music education. I am currently recruiting potential participants for a research study studying identity in music educators, especially those who still engage in music-making after deciding to leave the profession. I am currently seeking a former music educator who is motivated and interested in participating in a research project during the fall and winter.

As a member of a community ensemble, I believe that there is a likelihood that you may be a great fit for this research project. I am seeking a former music educator who (a) participated in music during their primary schooling, (b) completed a music teacher preparation program, (c) taught music in United States schools for more than four years, (d) voluntarily left the music teaching profession before retirement age, and (e) still participates in music making in some capacity, such as in a community ensemble or with others at home.

Should you meet the above criteria and are interested in participating in this study, please complete the attached brief survey at this link: ( If selected, you will be asked to complete some simple audio journaling, where you recount a memory from a period in your life, and be interviewed (approximately six times) to discuss your music education journey. I may also ask to observe some of the music-making activities you participate in during that time. Each of those visits would be scheduled for times most convenient to you.

If this project does not apply to you, or if you are not interested but know someone who might, I would be grateful if you would pass along that individual’s name and contact information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.


Thomas Waggner “

Thanks as always, Schola. See yah Tuesday!

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