Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. James McCarthy

Second Advisor

Dr. David Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Delores Gauthier


Dr. John Lychner

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study investigated the relationship between creativity style and choice of musical career among university students. Data was collected from 74 students enrolled in one of four majors in music; music education, music therapy, instrumental performance and jazz performance, as assessed by View: An Assessment of problem solving style, which included 34 items defining problem-solving style across three dimensions including Orientation to Change (OC), Manner of Processing (MP), and Ways of Deciding (WD) scales. Subjects also provided demographic information concerning their declared major, preferred musical career, and level of education. Significant differences were found between the four groups on the OC and WD dimensions when using preferred musical career as the category variable. No differences were found when declared major was used as the category variable. Results suggest problem-solving style is likely to be associated with problem types found in specific musical activities and therefore a musician's preferred career in music. Implications for music education and teaching creativity are discussed.