Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
School of Music
Gail V. Barnes
While there are numerous biographical details about Margaret Avery Rowell’s life, few details exist about her pedagogy. The current researcher interviewed and subsequently analyzed transcripts from eight of Rowell’s former students to reconstruct her pedagogical approach and teaching style. The researcher’s questions were: 1) How did Rowell structure individual lessons and student development? 2) What were the recurring concepts within Rowell’s principles? 3) What exercises did Rowell use to teach her principles? 4) What personal and pedagogical qualities made Rowell an effective teacher and influence on her students?
Based on the interviews, Rowell tailored her approach to each student without following a set method. Rowell used nature and the world around her as a masterclass as she evolved as a pedagogue. Paramount to Rowell’s approach was an intense care and interest for her students, an element that made her a dynamic teacher.
Sanchez, R.(2022). Margaret Rowell: Pedagogical Approach and Teaching Style. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/6819