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Applications of Research in Music Education

The Experiences of First-Year Music Teachers: A Literature Review
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 65-72

The purpose of this literature review is to examine research focused on first-year music educators in an effort to present recommendations for preservice music teacher education and research. The three bodies of literature presented include the following: challenges faced by ...

Vocal Sight-Reading Assessment: Technological Advances, Student Perceptions, and Instructional Implications
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 58-64

This study investigated choral singers' comfort level using computer technology for vocal sight-reading assessment. High school choral singers (N = 138) attending a summer music camp completed a computer-based sight-reading assessment and accompanying pre- and posttest surveys on their musical ...

Applying Research in Motivation and Learning to Music Education: What the Experts Say
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 49-57

Current research on motivation and learning may assist teachers in identifying strategies to help students be successful and persevere in the music classroom. Students' beliefs about their ability to learn, and the impact these beliefs have on their motivation to ...

Beyond Mentoring: A Review of Literature Detailing the Need for Additional and Alternative Forms of Support for Novice Music Teachers
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 41-48

Support for music teachers new to the profession is important and necessary. Some school districts use traditional mentor-mentee pairings as their primary support for novice music teachers; however, many factors in the professional lives of music teachers, such as traveling ...

What Research Reveals About School Jazz Education
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 34-40

Though jazz has been a part of many school music programs for more than 40 years, relatively little research on jazz education exists. Despite this scarcity, a comprehensive examination of the extant literature could serve to inform practice and guide ...

Listening and Musical Engagement: An Exploration of the Effects of Different Listening Strategies on Attention, Emotion, and Peak Affective Experiences
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 27-33

Music educators often use guided listening strategies as a means of enhancing engagement during music listening activities. Although previous research suggests that these strategies are indeed helpful in facilitating some form of cognitive and emotional engagement, little is known about ...

The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Music Instruction on Intelligence and General Cognitive Abilities
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 20-26

This article reviews research on the effects of music instruction on general cognitive abilities. The review of more than 75 reports shows (1) the consistency in results pertaining to the short-term effects of music instruction on cognitive abilities and the ...

Effects of Music Instruction With Bamboo Xylophone Accompaniment on Singing Achievement Among Second-Grade Children
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 13-19

The aim of this research is to determine the effect of music instruction with bamboo xylophone as harmonic accompaniment on the singing achievement of second-grade children. Eighty children (N = 80) from four randomly selected classes in two different public ...

The Savant Syndrome: A Review of the Literature for the Music Educator
Update (2015) Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 5-12

Though music educators work with students who have a special learning need or a gifted ability on a daily basis, encountering a student who has both can be unexpected. The literature presented here can be used as a basis for ...