Articles about Music Education

Graduate Research Forum Review 2019: Keeping Our Doors Open: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Music Education for 2019
Contributions to Music Education (2019) Vol. 44, No. 1-2, pp. 201-210

In February of this year, music educators from around the state of Ohio gathered once again for the annual Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference held in Cleveland. The research track of the conference commenced with the Graduate ...

Colloquy: Considering the Goodness of Music Education Research
Contributions to Music Education (2019) Vol. 44, No. 1-2, pp. 11-18

The role of music education research is important in a number of ways. A primary purpose is to make music teaching and learning better, which is often fulfilled by teachers. The good work they do every day is highlighted in ...

Connections and Disconnections: Music Cooperating Teachers’ Perceptions of Working with Universities
Contributions to Music Education (2019) Vol. 44, No. 1-2, pp. 55-79

The purpose of this study was to reveal how K-12 music teachers who mentor preservice music teachers during the student teaching internship (i.e., cooperating teachers) perceive their experiences of working with higher education institutions. The questions of the study are: ...

Why Ask Why? Questions to Elicit Reasoned Intuitive Responses in an Elementary Music Program
Contributions to Music Education (2018) Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 175-196

Intuitions are incomplete knowledge structures that help us make sense of the world around us. Additionally, when learners are given opportunities to talk about their intuitive understanding, it helps construct their knowledge in a domain (music). The issue with intuitions ...

Molly and Rachel Become Band Teachers: Teacher Identity Construction During Music Student Teaching
Contributions to Music Education (2018) Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 95-116

The purpose of this case study was to explore the teacher identity construction of two female band student teachers, Molly and Rachel, during their student teaching semester in middle school band classrooms. The participants were two female student teachers, one ...

Instrument and Gender as Factors in the Perceptions of Musicians and Musical Performance
Contributions to Music Education (2018) Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 159-174

All musicians should be evaluated in a fair, accurate, and objective manner. It is imperative for solo evaluations to be objective since preconceived expectations about musicians and their performances, spurred by gender and behavioral stereotyping, may lead to biased evaluations. ...

Observations of and Perspectives on Musical Enjoyment in the Preschool Classroom
Contributions to Music Education (2018) Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 59-76

The purpose of this basic qualitative study was to explore the role of enjoyment dur- ing group musical activities in the preschool classroom. Data collection included observa- tions using a researcher-created tool and fieldnotes to determine how preschool students demonstrated ...

Something Happened on the Way to Completing the edTPA: A Case Study of Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of the edTPA
Contributions to Music Education (2017) Vol. 42, No. 1

This case study addresses a need for evidence of teacher candidates’ perceptions of the edTPA. Data were collected via a focus group interview, a survey, and miscellaneous documents. Perceptions of the edTPA were informed by external influences including alumni experiences ...

On Practice, Skill and Competition: A Pragmatist Theory of Action for Instrumental Music Education
Contributions to Music Education (2017) Vol. 42, No. 1

Practice, skill and competition are important aspects of participating in school bands and orchestras. However, writers have questioned their value. In this philosophical paper, I mine the writings of the American pragmatists–in particular, their theories of habit and experience –- ...

Using Roleplaying Simulations and Alternate Reality Gaming to Develop Professional Behaviors in Pre-Service Music Teachers: A Qualitative Case Study
Contributions to Music Education (2017) Vol. 42, No. 1

Research suggests that a teacher’s social and managerial acumen is highly in influential over student learning outcomes. This broad collection of skills is categorized in teacher evaluation frameworks using terms like professional behavior or deportment. Despite their importance, there is ...