Research

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PMEA Research Committee

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Brian Wesolowski Calls for Papers and Conference Session Proposals (as well as announcements for open music education positions in higher education) from a variety of state, national, and international sources on his Music Research Web Site. To sign up to receive email notifications from him, click on Add Name at the Directory link.

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Teacher/Researcher Partnership project

Teachers have questions, and higher ed faculty have research experience. If you have a question about your classes, music program, or the profession, contact the Research Committee ([email protected]) 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 answers. Previous projects have involved a general music teacher required to teach classes to a new age level, and a band/string teacher wanting to learn ways student journaling guided her teaching and reflective practice.

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PMEA 2016 Research Presentations

Invited Researcher

Friday, April 1, 11:15-12:15, Tower 1

Ryan Hourigan

Conditions That Facilitate Music Learning Among Students With Special Needs:
Lesson Learned from The Prism Project

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Ryan Hourigan joined the faculty at Ball State University in the fall of 2006 after nine years of teaching music at the secondary and university level. Dr. Hourigan holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University, Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Michigan and currently teaches music education and is the Director of the School of Music and is the CFA President’s Immersive Learning Fellow at Ball State University.

Currently in its fifth printing, Hourigan is the co-author (Alice Hammel) of Teaching Music to Students with Special Needs: A Label-free Approach. This is a comprehensive text written by practicing music educators, music teacher educators and researchers in the field of teaching music to children with special needs. Hourigan and Hammel’s second book Teaching Music to Students with Autism was released in the fall 2013.

In 2009, Hourigan co-founded the Prism Project, which provides an opportunity for Ball State students to gain skills in the area of teaching students with special needs. Starting in 2012, Dr. Hourigan provided a series of presentations for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that are now on the National Roster of presentations through the Kennedy Center.

Research Poster Session

Thursday March 31, 12:15-1:15, Great American Lobby (outside exhibit hall entrance)

Poster Presentations

Sarah Hart Watts~~Writing in Music: Applications of the Collins Writing Program in Elementary General Music

Elizabeth Parker~~Uncovering the Process of Social Identity Development in High School Adolescent Women’s Choir Singers: A Grounded Theory

Alden Snell & Suzanne Burton~~Breaking the Sound of Silence: A Teacher Conversation Group

Yo-Jung Han & Mara Culp~~Building Preservice Elementary Classroom Teachers’ Self-Efficacy to Use Music

Krissie Weimer~~A Tale of Two Novices

Joanne Rutkowski, Mara Culp, Yo-Jung Han, Lindsay Fulcher, Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, Mackinlay Himes, Daniel Shevock, Kristina Weimer~~An Exploration of Recent Approaches to Research in Music Education

Anne-Marie Hildebrandt~~The Secret Musical Life of Gabe: A Retrospective Case Study

Aimee Pearsall~~Informal Learning in the Choral Classroom

Allison Aaron~~Vocal Health Protocols for Undergraduate Music Programs: A Pilot Study

Kourtney Bastianelli~~A Review of Elementary Class Method Books and Beginner Clarinet Pedagogy with Practical Application

Valerie Flamini Caldwell~~Fostering the creative process in a choral setting as outlined in the 2014 NAfME National Standards

Ann Clements~~ Virtual Reality Teaching Lab for Music Education: Initial Findings in Content Construction

Ann Clements, Sam Ellenberger, Jacob Russo, Katelyn Waltimyer, Val Flamini~~Beyond Traditional Reflective Practice:Alternative Approaches to Learning

Ann Clements & Darrin Thornton~~A Cross-University Collaborative DOCC: Outcomes of a Pilot Study in Collaborative Learning

Kim Councill, Karah Barrist, Brittany Garcia, Aaron Messersmith, & Amanda Miller~~“Could I Teach Here?” – American Music Education Majors’ Perspectives on Similarities and Differences between American and Australian Music Education Practices and Preparation

Mara Culp~~A Longitudinal Investigation of Phonological Awareness and Music Aptitude

Sister Kathleen Doutt, IHM, D.M.A.~~ Implementing a Cross-disciplinary Rubric for Metacognition in the Undergraduate Music Core

Stephanie Espie~~Pon De Dance Floor: Jamaican Dancehall in the 21st Century

Yo-Jung Han~~The Effect of Visually Presented Lyrics on Song Recall

Anne-Marie Hildebrandt~~Teaching Ear Playing in Formal Education Settings: Strategies from Three Master Fiddlers

Mackinlay S. Himes~~Free Improvisation, its Practice and Process

Joe Jancura~~Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Hands and Forearms of Adolescent Instrumentalists

Anna Reitsma~~The Personality Characteristics of Successful High-School Band Directors

Daniel John Shevock~~Beyond the Anthropocentric: A Valuing System for Eco-Literate Music Pedagogy

Kathryn Stiadle~~ “I Don’t Think of All the Misery, but of the Beauty that Still Remains”: Holocaust Education in the Music Classroom

Richard Thomas, Emma Rainoff, Rei Phillippi, Scott Kaliszak, &Alex Schweizer~~The Price of Privilege: Marginalization and Privilege in School Music Programs

Linda Thornton & Mara Culp~~Instrumental Opportunities: How One Teacher has Provided Music for All

Linda Thornton & Joanne Rutkowski~~Life as a Researcher: Continued Exploration of an Alternative Dissertation Model

Linda Thornton & Krissie Weimer~~Goal Setting in Music Education Methods Courses: A National Survey

Sarah Hart Watts & Ann Clements~~The Performance of Pedagogy: Reflections on a Collegiate General Music Exhibition

Krissie Weimer~~Models of Professional Development: A Literature Review

Research-to-Practice Workshop 1 Thursday 1:45-2:45pm (Tower 1)

Sarah Hart Watts~~The “Write” Stuff: Implementing Writing Activities in Elementary General Music

Research-to-Practice Workshop II Thursday 3:15-4:15 (Tower 1)

Elizabeth Parker~~Fostering Positive Adolescent Social Development within School Music Contexts

Research Forum I Friday 9:45-10:45 (Tower 1)

Alden Snell & Suzanne Burton~~Breaking the Sound of Silence: A Teacher Conversation Group

Yo-Jung Han & Mara Culp~~Building Preservice Elementary Classroom Teachers’ Self-Efficacy to Use Music

Krissie Weimer~~A Tale of Two Novices

Research Forum II Friday 2:15-3:15 (Tower 1)

Joanne Rutkowski Mara Culp, Yo-Jung Han, Lindsay Fulcher, Anne-Marie Hildebrandt, Mackinlay Himes, Daniel Shevock, &Kristina Weimer~~An Exploration of Recent Approaches to Research in Music Education

Anne-Marie Hildebrandt~~The Secret Musical Life of Gabe: A Retrospective Case Study

Aimee Pearsall~~Informal Learning in the Choral Classroom

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Research Articles

Research Links

Research Suggestions

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