Characteristics of Music Teachers Who Effectively Promote Social Capital

A Literature Review

It is the aim of this investigation through literature review to identify teacher characteristics that may best promote social capital in students, thereby improving their ability to succeed in society. This review defines success as the procurement of a career-aimed occupation or a prestigious occupation. Consequently, it intends to (a) provide a definition of social capital, (b) outline links between increased social capital and student success, and (c) identify four characteristics of music teachers that could promote social capital. These four characteristics include positive rapport, knowledge of content area, successful communication, and regular reflection. Each is examined within music teaching contexts and illustrated through application of the characteristics in an ensemble setting.

Journal Update
Year 2014
Volume 33
Issue 1
Pages 42-48

Brimhall, Jennifer (2014) Characteristics of Music Teachers Who Effectively Promote Social Capital: A Literature Review. In: Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 42-48. Available at


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