The aim of this study is to examine the usability of distance education in vocational music education with SWOT analysis according to stakeholder views. For this purpose, the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of distance professional music education have been tried to discover. The study was designed with a phenomenological pattern, one of the qualitative research methods. The study group of the research consisted of undergraduate students, graduate students and lecturers at two different state universities in Konya, Turkey, in institutions that provide professional music education (Music teaching and Conservatory). At the end of the distance education process in the 2020-2021 academic year, the data obtained with the semi-structured interview form were analyzed by content analysis technique and presented in the SWOT matrix. According to the findings obtained from the study, recording and rewatching the lessons, flexibility in terms of time and place, providing training opportunities for disadvantaged individuals, providing individual learning responsibility, easy access to masterclasses, international organizations and field experts, and providing uninterrupted education come to the fore among the strengths of distance professional music education. As weaknesses; inadequate physical and emotional interaction, synchronization problems and the resulting inability to make music together, the inability to clearly convey abstract concepts, musicality, tone and dynamics are frequently encountered. While the developments in technology and music technology and the experiences during the pandemic process are considered as opportunities, the lack of infrastructure and materials, the inability to provide a real classroom environment and security problems are prominent among the issues seen as threats. In the light of the findings, some suggestions were presented to the stakeholders in order to protect the strengths of distance vocational music education and to evaluate its opportunities, and to develop strategic plans to eliminate its weaknesses and threats. It is thought that the findings obtained from this study will contribute to the development of distance vocational music education.
Vocational music education, distance education, SWOT analysis.