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Jacob Holster

Lecturer, Music Education (instrumental)
Jacob Holster
Contact
jbh6331@psu.edu
814-863-4403
206 Music Building I

Jacob Holster is a Lecturer of Music Education at Penn State’s School of Music. Holster holds a M.M.E. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Colorado Boulder. Holster teaches courses in music education and research. Additionally, Dr. Holster supervises preservice music teachers in fieldwork experiences. Holster is also a statistical consultant and teaches courses in R for the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Prior to work in higher education, Holster worked as a band director in North Carolina Public Schools. A North Carolina Teaching Fellow, Holster taught in schools with primarily underrepresented populations. Through these experiences Dr. Holster adopted a student-centered teaching philosophy that is now applied to preservice music teacher preparation, issues of motivation and student retention, and social justice in and beyond the music classroom. Furthermore, Holster is committed to pursue efforts in and out of class experiences to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion for all student perspectives.

At the intersection of Holster’s research and teaching interests are the roles of basic psychological need satisfaction and task valuation as they work in tandem to impact academic motivation. From a Quantitative perspective, Holster has engaged in applications of music self-concept, teaching expertise, Possible-Selves Theory, Self-Determination Theory, and Expectancy Value Theory as they relate to the well-being and motivation of music students of all ages, as well as preservice and in-service music teachers. Holster utilizes natural language processing, a form of artificial intelligence, for Historical and Qualitative content analyses and assessments of student learning in the classroom.

  • Education
    • BS from Western Carolina University
    • MM from University of North Carolina at Greenboro
    • PhD from University of Colorado Boulder
  • Courses Taught
    • MUED 540 – Quantitative Research Methods
    • MUSIC 445W – High School Band Emphasis
    • MUSIC 40S – First Year Seminar
  • Publications + Presentations
    • Holster, J. D. (2021). The Influence of Socioeconomic Status, Parents, Peers, Psychological Needs, and Task Values on Middle School Student Motivation for School Music Ensemble Participation. Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I.
    • Using Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Preservice Teacher Conversations, Jacob Holster. Society of Music Teacher Education Conference, Virtual, 2021
    • Young Instrumentalists Music Proficiency and Participation: The Role of Growth Mindset and Other Variables, Dr. James Austin, Jacob Holster, Ian Miller. NAfME Music Teacher Education Research Conference, Virtual, 2021
    • Young Instrumentalists Music Proficiency and Participation: The Role of Growth Mindset and Other Variables, Dr. James Austin, Jacob Holster, Ian Miller. International Society for Music Education, International Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 2020: Conference cancelled due to COVID-19
    • Music’s Monarch Speaks: A Content Analysis of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, Jacob Holster. Colorado Music Educators Association, State-Wide Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, 2020
    • The Role of Job Fit in Teacher Migration, coauthors Dr. Seth Taft, Dr. Jocelyn Armes, Jacob Holster. American Education Research Association, International Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2020
    • Possible Self Construction and Topic Modeling in an Introduction to Student Teaching Course, Jacob Holster. Colorado Music Educators Association, State-Wide Conference, Colorado Springs, CO, 2020
    • Defining the Path to Expert Teaching: A Comparison of the Predictive Qualities of Identity and Valuation Using Structural Equation Modeling, Jacob Holster Society for Music Teacher Education National Conference, Greensboro, NC 2019
    • Teacher Feedback: Effect on Music Self-Concept and Participation, Jacob Holster. Gordon Institute for Music Learning International Conference, Chicago, IL, 2019
    • Teacher Feedback: Effect on Music Self-Concept and Participation, Jacob Holster. Gordon Institute for Music Learning International Conference, Chicago, IL, 2019