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.
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.
Recent posts on the “Research to Real Life: Practical Applications of Music Education Research for Teachers” blog:
- Tonal & Metric Variety In Elementary General Music Textbooks (Lange, 2009)
- Male and Female Photographic Representation in 50 years of Music Educators Journal (Kruse, Giebelhausen, Shouldice, & Ramsey, 2015)
- Successful Sight-singing Strategies (Killian & Henry, 2005)
- Adults’ Recognition of Young Children’s Musical Behaviors (Reese, 2013)
- Adults’ Anxiety Toward Singing (Abril, 2007)
- Intersections of Music Making and Teaching (Pellegrino, 2014)
- Gender Representation in Early Childhood Songs (Dansereau, 2014)
- The Effect of Instrumental Music Participation and Socioeconomic Status on State Proficiency Test Performance (Fitzpatrick, 2006)
- “The Effect of Vocal Modeling on Pitch-Matching Accuracy of Elementary Schoolchildren” (Green, 1990)
- “Testing the Beneficial Effects of Singing in a Choir on Mood and Stress” (Linnemann, Schnersch, & Nater, 2017)
- “Career Intentions and Experiences of Pre- and In-Service Female Band Teachers” (Fischer-Croneis, 2016)
- “An Examination of Music Teacher Job Interview Questions” (Juchniewicz, 2016)
- “Teachers’ Beliefs Regarding Composition in Elementary General Music” (Shouldice, 2014)
- “Investigating Adjudicator Bias in Concert Band Evaluations” (Springer & Bradley, 2018)
- “Voice Change and Singing Experiences of Adolescent Females” (Sweet, 2018)
- “Exploring Informal Music Learning in a Professional Development Community of Music Teachers” (Kastner, 2014)
- “Audiation-based Improvisation Techniques and Elementary Instrumental Students’ Music Achievement” (Azzara, 1993)
- “Elementary Students’ Definitions and Self-Perceptions of Being a ‘Good Musician’” (Shouldice, 2014)
- “The Effects of Harmonic Accompaniment on the Tonal Improvisations of Students in First Through Sixth Grade” (Guilbault, 2009)
- Why “Research to Real Life”?