Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

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.