The plight of jazz guitar students and proposed solutions

Harold James Odegard, University of Texas at El Paso


Undergraduate jazz guitar students are subject to certain conditions that negatively affect their education. Needless to say, all music students face various kinds of challenges in their studies. Universities only supply the setting for learning opportunities and it is the responsibility of individual students to contrive ways to make the most of those opportunities. Jazz guitar students, however, must deal with problems that affect them uniquely in realizing and establishing their learning methods, and the university doesn't offer appropriate guidance or provide resources that function cohesively in order for them to succeed. Solutions proposed in this study aim to enable these students to control and account for their efforts and progress. They will become better prepared to learn jazz guitar by methodically accommodating their individual educational needs and making efficient use of available resources. The method of learning referred to here functions to adapt to personal situations while providing unfailing guidance in learning jazz guitar and other college coursework. Students will systematically achieve focus and personal satisfaction using the process proposed in this study, and it will give them a powerful sense of autonomy and balance in their lives that universities don't inherently provide.

Subject Area

Music education|Curricula|Teaching

Recommended Citation

Odegard, Harold James, "The plight of jazz guitar students and proposed solutions" (2004). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1423695.