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PMEA Research Committee

 

CALL FOR RESEARCH

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

In-Service Conference 2015

The PMEA Research Committee announces a call for research for presentation at the PMEA Annual In-Service Conference to be held in Hershey, PA, March 26-28, 2015. Submissions for consideration for presentation via the following options will be blind-reviewed by the PMEA Research Committee:

 

Option 1) Poster Only: abstracts of completed or in-progress research of any type.

Option 2) Poster and Research Presentation: abstracts of completed or in-progress research of any type will be considered for a poster and presentation at one of two Research Forums.

Option 3) Poster and Research-to-Practice Workshop: abstract of completed research of any type and corresponding workshop outline will be considered for both a poster and a companion workshop. (Workshop presenters share applications of their research procedures and outcomes featured in the poster by engaging K-12 music teachers in a workshop-style session.)

 

Instructions for all submissions:

Prepare an e-mail with the subject heading “PMEA Research Submission.” In the body of the e-mail, indicate a) if the research is in-progress or complete; b) each author’s name, institutional affiliation, cell phone number, and preferred e-mail address; c) when applicable, if the author is an undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral student; and d) the option that corresponds to the submission: Option 1: Poster Only, Option 2: Poster and Research Presentation, or Option 3: Poster and Research-to-Practice Workshop (completed research only). Please attach to the e-mail the required corresponding document(s) listed below for the submission option selected.

For all options, please submit a one-page abstract in only Word doc or docx format attached to the e-mail. Within the abstract, authors should provide the title of the research, and explicitly state the purpose of the research, questions or problems of the study, subjects, design, and analysis. For completed research, also provide the results and how they inform practice. Authors should include no information within the body of attached documents (i.e., abstract, or workshop description and outline) that identifies them as the authors. Submissions for Option 2 and Option 3, Research Presentations and Research-to-Practice Workshops respectively, will be considered only if the poster has been accepted. 

If submitting for Option 1 (Poster Only) or Option 2 (Poster and Research Presentation): name the Word file with the primary author’s last name and, for consideration for poster only submissions, Poster (e.g., Smith.Poster). For consideration for both poster and paper, name the file with the primary author’s last name and Paper (e.g., Smith.Poster.Paper).

If submitting for Option 3 (Poster and Research-to-Practice Workshop): attach two separate files in only Word doc or docx format to the e-mail: Attach the one-page abstract file named with the primary author’s last name, Poster, and Workshop (e.g., Smith.Poster.Workshop); and attach a one-page document offering details about the organization and content of the workshop-style presentation. Name the file with primary author’s last name, and WorkshopOutline (e.g., Smith.WorkshopOutline). In the Workshop Outline document, include a title for the workshop, a description of the session appropriate for the conference program (10 words, maximum), and workshop session outline with details for an 45-50 minute-long workshop-style presentation based on applications of the completed research. After the presentation, the remaining 10 to 15 minutes will be reserved for a Question and Answer session (i.e., 60 minutes total time). Please note: In the outline, clearly feature how the workshop presentation bridges the submitted research specifically to practice and actively engages the general conference audience in the research topic.

If the research submission is based on a completed Undergraduate Honors Paper, Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation, attach the signatory page of the final paper along with the research submission. With that documentation, such projects are automatically accepted for presentation at the poster session.

 

Deadlines and Timeline:

All submissions must be received according to instructions by midnight, October 1, 2014. Submissions not adhering to these guidelines will be automatically rejected. Please send submissions to Alison.Reynolds@temple.edu

Abstracts and outlines will be blind-reviewed and notification will be sent electronically by October 10. Accepted primary authors will be asked to confirm their attendance by October 13th, midnight, 2015, to have their name and title of research included in conference publication materials. Presenters confirming acceptance are expected to register for and attend the conference. Confirmed presenters also prepare a final abstract for distribution during the poster session and posting to the PMEA Research webpage. Details regarding the various presentation formats and final abstracts will be forwarded in October to accepted and confirmed primary authors.

 

Teacher/Researcher Partnership project

Teachers have questions, and high ed faculty have research experience. If you have a question about your classes, music program, or the profession, contact the Research Committee (alison.reynolds@temple.edu) and we will partner a PMEA member teacher with a researcher with expertise in the area of your question. You can develop a project together, and work together to find the answer. Previous projects have involved a general music teacher required to teach classes to a new age level, and a band/string teacher wanting to see how student journaling might help her teaching.

2014 Research Presentations

Following are abstracts of research presentations at the 2014 PMEA Annual In-Service Conference held in Hershey, PA. Click on a link to view the abstract corresponding to its title.

PMEA Research Poster Presentations

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts: A History~~~Peris Alban, D.M.A., Russell Sage Junior High School, Queens

Aural Survival Skills: High School Teachers on Melodic Dictation~~~Nathan Buonviri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education, Temple University and Andrew Paney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Mississippi

A Comparison of Techniques Used by Speech-Language Pathologists and Music Educators~~~Mara Culp, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Bandmaster William P. Foster: Fostering Excellence Through Band and Character~~~Gregory Drane, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Music Performance Anxiety~~~Andrew Erb, Ph.D. Student, Boston University, Director of Bands, Thiel College

An Investigation of the Apps Used by Pennsylvania Music Teachers~~~Lindsay Fulcher, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Gender Bias and Musical Instrument Selection in Music Education~~~Kelly Gathen, Master’s Student, University of Delaware

Sources of Pedagogical Values of Band Directors~~~Jason Gossett, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

A Descriptive Study of Democratic Practices in Ensembles~~~Jason Gossett, Lindsay Fulcher, Yo-jung Han, and Dan Shevock, Ph.D. Students, and Darrin Thornton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

Analysis of Verbal Descriptions for Timbre: Based on Conceptual Metaphor Theory~~~Yo-jung Han, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Student and Teacher Perspectives on Instrumental Selection~~~Rachel Kauffman, Master’s Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Social Media as Educative Tool for Parents Toward Musical Development in Early Childhood~~~Stephanie Kistler, Master’s Student, University of Delaware

Finding Retention in Community Music Ensemble Participants~~~Joshua E. Long, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Genius Considered: The Life, Music, and Lasting Influence of Ahmad Jamal~~~Michael Mackey, Doctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

The Effect of Improvisation on the Transfer of Technique~~~Sally Minnich, Master’s Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Playing by Ear: An Investigation of Attitudes and Definitions of Adults Who Played Music As Children~~~Anne-Marie Hildebrandt Nelson, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Effect of Metaphoric-Image, Motion, and a Dual Modality Approach on the Perception of Vocal Tone~~~Webb Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi

Continued Investigation of the Effect of a Male Singing Model on Kindergarten Children’s Use of Singing Voice Achievement~~~Joanne Rutkowski, Ph.D., Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

Performance-based Testing in Middle Level Applied Music Classes; Weighing the Benefits of Second-Chance Assessments~~~Christine Ryan, D.M.A., Hamburg Area Middle School and Adjunct Instructor Kutztown University

High School Music Students’ Participation in Music Outside of School & Plans for Future Music Participation~~~Meghan Scully, Master’s Student, University of Delaware

Reflections on Anti-authoritarian Pedagogy in a Jazz Combo Lab~~~Daniel Shevock, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Music in Urban Settings: A Descriptive Survey of Teacher Perspectives~~~Darrin Thornton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

High School Music Teacher Influence on the Career Choice of Music Education Majors~~~Linda Thornton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

National Board Certification as Music Teacher Professional Development~~~Heather Waters, University Fellow, Temple University

Types of Mentoring Activities Experienced by Novice Music Teachers~~~Krissie Weimer, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Beyond the Rehearsal Rountine: Investigating Adolescent Mood and Motivation During Secondary Music Ensembles~~~Lindsay Weiss, Ph.D. Student, Teachers College Columbia, and Adjunct Instructor Kean University

Research-to-Practice Workshop I

Demystifying Vocal Pedagogy through Imagery, Metaphor, and Motion: A Research-based “How-To” Guide for the Choral Rehearsal

Webb Parker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Southern Mississippi

Research-to-Practice Workshop II

Beyond the Rehearsal Routine: Investigating Adolescent Mood and Motivation During Secondary Music Ensembles

Lindsay Weiss, Ph.D. Student, Teachers College Columbia, Adjunct Instructor Kean University

PMEA Research Paper Presentations~~~Linda Thornton, Discussant

Research Forum I

A Descriptive Study of Democratic Practices in Ensembles~~~Jason Gossett, Ph.D. Student; Lindsay Fulcher, Ph.D. Student; Yo Han, Ph.D. Student; and Daniel Shevock, Ph.D. Student; and Darrin Thornton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Music in Urban Settings: A Descriptive Survey of Teacher Perspectives~~~Darin Thornton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

National Board Certification as Music Teacher Professional Development~~~Heather Waters, University Fellow, Temple University

2014 PMEA Conference Invited Researcher

 Linda Thornton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

Keeping the Good:  What Music Teaching Does Well

PMEA Research Paper Presentations~~~Linda Thornton, Discussant

Research Forum I

Aural Survival Skills: High School Teachers on Melodic Dictation~~~Nathan Bounviri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education Temple University and Andrew Paney, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of Mississippi

Finding Retention in Community Music Ensemble Participants~~~Joshua Long, Ph.D. Student, The Pennsylvania State University

Continued Investigation of the Effect of a Male Singing Model on Kindergarten Children’s Use of Singing Voice Achievement~~~Joanne Rutkowski, Ph.D., Professor of Music, The Pennsylvania State University

 

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Research Suggestions

Have a suggestion for a research project? Grad students and faculty in PMEA are interested in ideas for projects! Please submit a question or problem you think would make a good project by clicking here.