Why “Research to Real Life”?

That research stuff only matters in the “ivory tower” and has nothing to do with real music teachers, right? Wrong! This blog will share findings of recent research studies that are relevant for music educators and can inform our teaching practice. Instead of focusing on jargon and statistics, we will look at how these research findings can be applied in practical ways to improve the experiences we provide our students.

“Rather than assuming we know what is effective or doing something because ‘that’s how we’ve always done it,’ music teachers can advance their teaching practice in an evidence-based way by reading current music education research” (Shouldice, 2016, p. 25).


Shouldice, H. N. (2016). Research to ‘real life’: Implications of recent research for elementary general music. Michigan Music Educator, 53(2), 23-26.

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